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Columbus Dispatch - Kasich aide preaches need for local governments to share services - January 21, 2014


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The Secret Tax Explosion

"The structure of local government in America is changing. In the last half century, the number of school districts has declined by more than 80 percent and the number of counties and municipalities has either declined or barely budged. There has, however, been an explosion in special-purpose districts. A whole new kind of government is now the most prevalent form of government in the U.S.—and that’s raising all sorts of taxing questions." Read More...

Merger of health departments could attract funds from state

"The feelings of public employees must be secondary to what's in the best interest of the taxpayers. That means making the most efficient use of public agencies and eliminating duplication of services to save money." Read More...

Chardon School District officials familiar with shared busing services
The News Herald

"Shared services are a creative way to utilize highly qualified personnel to accomplish efficiencies more economically," Roseberry said. "On that note, we are excited that our new partnership with Kirtland Schools to share one transportation supervisor will save Chardon over $30,000 in administrative costs alone." Read More...

What the GAO Predicts for States and Localities' Future

"States and localities will record operating balances with an aggregate deficit of 1.6 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) this year. Absent any reforms, this deficit will balloon to 2.7 percent within 30 years. To close the fiscal gap, governments would need to trim current expenditures by 14.2 percent and maintain that spending level as a share of GDP in future budgets." Read More...

Hocking County engineer to share outpost with ODOT
Logan Daily News

The Hocking County Engineer's office will be sharing space at the Ohio Department of Transportation's outpost facility in Laurelville. Hocking County recently had an outpost in Haynes, which is located about four miles southeast of Laurelville on state Route 56. When the lease was up on the building, though, the owners decided not to renew it with the engineer's office.Read More...

Agencies Urged to Merge
The Daily Standard

The Mercer County health department is the latest agency to feel the state's push for shared services. Dale Palmer, administrator for the Mercer County-Celina City Health Department, told board members Wednesday that state legislators want all health departments serving populations under 100,000 to consolidate to save money.Read More...

Copley trustees approve joint emergency dispatch deal
Akron Beacon Journal,

An agreement creating a governing body for a joint emergency services dispatch center for Copley, Barberton and Norton received unanimous approval from township trustees Wednesday. The Southwest Council of Governments will oversee the creation and management of the new joint dispatch center expected to be operational next year.Read More...

Health Transformation Innovation Funds will support shared services
The Daily Jeffersonian

The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities recently announced a $500,000 award from the Governor's Health Transformation Innovation Fund, which will be used to support an information technology infrastructure project to improve person-centered planning and shared services goals among county boards of developmental disabilities.Read More...

Warren County agrees to state partnership
Dayton Daily News

Warren County was held up as a model of saving money through shared services between different government entities as commissioners signed an agreement to partner with the state for an $8 million upgrade to the county's emergency communications equipment. Read More...

Kasich administration hosts Warren Co. 'shared services' event
Fox 19

Members of the Ohio governor's administration hosted a special event called 'Beyond Boundaries: A Shared Services Action Plan for Ohio's Schools and Governments'. Read More...

State officials praise Toledo, Ottawa Hills fire merger
Toledo Blade

State officials in Ottawa Hills on Wednesday touted the village's merger with the City of Toledo to provide fire services as a shining example of how other municipalities can work together to save money. Read More...

16 Mahoning Agencies to Share $100,000 Grant

"So if we can all come together and do something together and look at combining our efforts, we think that gives us a chance to provide a lot better services for a lot less money," said John Laplante, executive director of ACCESS. Read More...

Accelerate plans to share service
Tribune Chronicle Editorial

There are 3,900 units of local governments and public education in Ohio governed by more than 20,000 elected officials. The Center for Governmental Research determined that Northeast Ohio and Minneapolis-St. Paul had the greatest number of governmental units among the regions included in its nationwide study Read More...

For dollars & sense, Valley's fiefdoms must learn to share

For far too long, the Mahoning Valley's 17 cities, 23 villages, 56 townships and 40 public school districts have collectively created fractured fiefdoms of inefficient operations and inflated spending of taxpayer dollars. Read More...

Share offices instead of building new
Tribune Chronicle Editorial

As the City of Warren continues to study taking out bonds for capital improvements, there are many issues its leaders should resolve and a lot more public discussion that they should hear. Read More...

Trumbull entities get 0-percent loan

The Trumbull County Engineer's Office and several townships will benefit from a $500,000, 0-percent loan they have been awarded to build a joint storage facility for road salt. Read More...

Tribune Chronicle Editorial
Tribune Chronicle

Misguided ideas of turf protection - and very concrete thoughts of job security - have prevented many local governments and school districts in Ohio from cooperating. But working together could save taxpayers more than $1 billion a year, according to a new state report. Read More...

Sharing services could save money
The Courier - Findlay

As school, city and county government leaders struggle to balance their budgets and ponder future tax requests, they might want to reconsider an old idea: sharing services. Read More...

All layered up
Akron Beacon Journal,

The hope of the Kasich administration, which last week released a report on local governments sharing services, is to encourage greater collaboration at the grass roots. To do so holds much potential for reducing expenses and improving services, quite a feat at a time of sharply curtailed state support for cities, counties and schools. Read More...

Green highlighted as state website touts local collaboration
Akron Beacon Journal,

Various local governments are featured on a new state website that touts the savings made possible through collaboration. Read More...

Gov. Kasich's administration releases study to help local governments share services
The Plain Dealer

Gov. John Kasich's administration on Thursday released a report to municipal groups encouraging them to move more toward sharing resources instead of raising local taxes or waiting for more state funding help. Read More...

Administration Urges Schools, Local Governments to Push 'Beyond Boundaries'
The Hannah Report

While many leaders in Ohio's school districts and local governments perceive barriers that prevent the creation of shared services, there are ways to reach simple agreements, according to a report written by the Governor's Office of 21st Century Education and assisted by the Office of Budget Management(OBM). Read More...

Report pushes shared services for schools, local governments
Columbus Dispatch,

Shrinking budgets have left Ohio schools and local governments with a choice: raise taxes or cut services. A state report being released today focuses on a third option: sharing services to save money. Read More...

Plan For Revised Network Of Shared Government Services Eyed For Upcoming Legislation

Gov. John Kasich's administration looks to further implement recommendations for shared local government services in future legislation, and a plan to create a network of regional centers could be part of the next biennium budget, a stakeholder group was told Thursday. Read More...

Other Related Documents (PDF)
  A New Way; A Better Way
By Randy Cole - State Controlling Board President and Policy Advisor
  Beyond Boundaries Fact Sheet
Cost-Savings Roadmap for Local Governments and Schools