Municipal leaders are taking a second look at how their governments operate following the adoption of a pet program by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in this year’s budget.
The County-Wide Shared Services Property Tax Savings Plan (or CWSSPTSP as no one calls it) requires counties outside of New York City to draft plans for sharing services in order to cut costs and find efficiencies. A new report from the Rockefeller Institute, in conjunction with the Benjamin Center and the Center for Technology in Government, reviewed the 34 plans submitted this fall and analyzed the potential savings.
Jim Malatras, president of the Rockefeller Institute, joined Poozer Politics to explain the mechanics of the program, highlighted interesting proposals and identified the potential benefits (large and small) for taxpayers.
The conversation also addressed the criticism that this process fails to address major cost drivers, like pensions, and whether the analysis has been too political.