Steve Bellone unveils plan to share municipal services – New York News

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone on Monday unveiled a draft plan, dubbed Suffolk Share, to share services with towns and villages, estimating it could save as much $37 million over the next two years and create greater future savings.

The plan, required of counties statewide under legislation championed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, aims to streamline local governments through increased cooperation to ease the property tax burden.

The plan will go to the county legislature for public hearings for review before a final plan is adopted by Sept. 15.

Bellone at a Hauppauge news conference said a “rough estimate” is that joint purchasing of equipment and goods could save $27 million for the county, towns and villages.

The county could save another $10 million through sharing anti-graffiti trucks, municipal gasoline pumps and truck cleaning facilities, along with other services.

Bellone called his estimate conservative because the plan is voluntary.

“There’s a lot of upside potential, but it will all depend on participation,”…

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