The County-Wide Shared Services Initiative (CWSSI) generates property tax savings by enabling collaboration between local governments across the state. As indicated by Section 239-bb of the County-Wide Shared Services Initiative (CWSSI), as of January 1, 2022, each county outside of New York City is granted the choice in whether to participate in the CWSSI. County CEO’s are no longer required to annually convene a Panel and develop a new plan or revise and update a previously approved plan.
Based on these program changes, and a lack of participation from the local municipalities within Erie County, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz has decided to opt out of updating a plan for 2023.
In 2023, Erie County will reassess convening a Panel to develop a new Countywide Shared Services Plan for 2024.