Suffolk County shared services plan to save $37 million – New York News

Suffolk supervisors, mayors, school leaders and County Executive Steve Bellone on Tuesday unanimously passed a plan to share municipal services that county officials hope will save county taxpayers $37 million over the next two years.

Towns, villages, some school districts and the county will create a “virtual store” where municipalities can rent equipment and services from each other, such as graffiti-removal trucks, pump-out boats, surveying and sign making.

Officials also say the bulk of the savings would come by combining purchasing power on items including uniforms, trucks and salt.

Government officials including the 10 town supervisors along with 19 village mayors, four school districts and the county executive voted 34 to 0 at the West Sayville Country Club, or participated by video conference.

“Just because we have 100-plus governments in this county doesn’t mean we can’t act as one,” said Deputy County Executive Jon Kaiman, who led the consolidation effort for the county.

Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter said Tuesday that while he supported the plan, it was only “playing around the edges” because personnel costs make up about 70…

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