If Gov. Andrew Cuomo gets his way, the work of county shared services panels throughout the state won't be a temporary effort.
The latest 2018 State of the State proposal released by Cuomo Monday would make the shared services panels permanent. The shared services panels were launched by Cuomo this year as a way to reduce the property tax burden. He challenged local government leaders to develop plans for consolidating operations.
According to the governor's office, 34 counties submitted shared services plans this year. The plans outlined nearly 400 projects that would save more than $200 million.
Under Cuomo's plan, the panels would continue to develop shared services plans annually. The plans would be submitted to the Department of State for review.