MAHOPAC, N.Y.-Town Supervisor Ken Schmitt said last week that the towns and villages of Putnam County, as well as the county itself, are now fully engaged in a shared-services initiative with the goal to save money and reduce taxes.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo introduced the County-Wide Shared Services Initiative (CWSSI) last year, a plan he hopes will generate property tax savings through collaboration among local governments across the state.

The CWSSI was designed to help modernize local government services by not just fostering new shared services, but enhancing existing collaborations. The Department of State is offering several programs it hopes will incentivize and aid local government efficiencies.

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The Putnam County shared services committee is headed by County Executive MaryEllen Odell and is made up of the six town supervisors and three village mayors.

Schmitt said the committee met initially at the county’s TOPS building in Carmel early last month and then later with the county Legislature’s Fiscal Vision and Accountability Committee.

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