Tuesday, February 24, 2009

PA: Sharing Local Services Can Save Taxpayers' Money

Local governments could save millions of dollars and stabilize tax rates if they shared services, a Department of Community and Economic Development official said today.

"We're hearing how Pennsylvania municipalities are furloughing employees, cutting services or taking other drastic measures to pay their bills," DCED Deputy Secretary Ken Klothen said at the first-ever Commissioners' Forum on Inter-Governmental Cooperation in Lackawanna County. "If they shared services, the financial pain would not be so great.

So why don't we see more regional cooperation? Because everybody wants to be the mayor of Mayberry. Too many local officials feel they should make decisions for their communities for life.

Sharing Local Services Can Save Taxpayers' Money, DCED Official Says

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