ITHACA, N.Y. (WENY) -- Officials in Tompkins County are talking shared services -- and want the public to weigh in.

The 2017 New York State Budget first enacted the County-wide Shared Services Property Tax Savings Plan Law, which in 2018 was extended through the end of 2021.  The law requires the chief executive officer of each of the 57 counties outside of New York City to convene a panel of public officials to develop, publicly deliberate, and vote upon county-wide shared services property tax savings plans.  The initiative seeks to save property taxpayers money by implementing shared services and other cooperative arrangements among governments.

The first of at least three public hearings to seek ideas from the public regarding the county's shared services plan is scheduled for June 4 at 5:30 p.m.  The hearing will be held at the Tompkins County Legislature Chambers, on the second floor of the Governor Daniel D. Tompkins Building, 121 E. Court Street, Ithaca.

County Administrator Molino, with input from the Shared Services Panel, will prepare the draft plan by August 1 and forward it to the County Legislature for review and recommendations.  The final plan will be up for a vote in September.  The County Administrator will then submit the plan, including its certified savings to the state by the end of October.

More information about the County-wide Shared Services initiative and development of Tompkins County's Shared Services Plan is available on the county website.