Welcome to the official website of the Erie County Shared Services Panel.
The FY 2018 New York State Budget included a new Shared Services Initiative designed to generate property tax savings by facilitating operational collaboration between local governments. The initiative establishes a Shared Services Panel made up of every mayor and supervisor of the cities, towns and villages located within Erie County. It is charged with developing, and ultimately approving, a County-wide Shared Services Property Tax Savings Plan by finding new opportunities to share and coordinate services among local governments.
This Initiative has been extended for three additional years to include the annual development of a 2020, 2021 and 2022 Shared Services Plan.
The current law dictates that the same steps in the Initiative process be followed, the new iteration allows for more flexibility in the timeline. Specifically, the 2017 Plan process set a strict timeline for the creation and approval of the Plan by county Shared Service Panels in which a final Plan must be voted on, approved and disseminated with certification of the property tax savings set forth therein no later than September 15, 2017.
For the 2019 Initiative, there are no strict timelines. The Panel is only required to provide the NYS Department of State a final approved 2020 Plan by December 31, 2020 and, before a final Panel vote on approval can be held, the County Legislature must be given at least 45 days to review the proposed Plan.