ITHACA, N.Y. (WENY) -- Officials in Tompkins County are one step closer to developing the 2020 Shared Services Plan.

In the second of three public hearings, municipal leaders brought up potential shared services ideas that ideally had been discussed during panel deliberations two years ago.

One was to examine centralized code enforcement as a county function, rather than the work of individual towns.

The second was to centralize information technology services for municipalities, which could cover a wide range of services and support.

County Administrator Jason Molino says several ideas previously discussed are also being further explored. But, he also says, the challenge of a Shared Services Plan process is its very strict timeline, which includes a t12-month limit on implementation of a shared services initiative and recognized savings.

The next public hearing is scheduled for July 25 at 5 p.m. at the County Legislature Chambers, 121 E. Court Street, Ithaca.

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