Shared Services in Onondaga County

Administration Plan, State Match Could Mean $10M in Savings

Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney calls the county’s first shared services plan for local government a start to build on.

Mahoney sat down with WCNY’s Jim Aroune to review the 31-point government efficiency plan.

The conversation served as the county’s mandated reporting of the plan required by Governor Cuomo and the state legislature. New York leadership ordered county executives and supervisors to manage efforts to modernize government in ways that reduced local property taxes.

Tops among the shared services plan will be the county, city of Syracuse and Syracuse school district’s agreement to unify the purchase of supplemental Medicaid benefits for retirees. The collaboration could save $4.4 million of the projected $5 million projected to be saved in the shared services plan.


Towns and villages will also share code enforcement efforts and collaborate on other services which range in savings from $3,000 to $300,000.

Many of Onondaga County’s new shared services followed the recommendations of CONSENSUS, the public panel launched prior to the state shared services mandate from Albany.

CONSENSUS developed proposals to modernize local government. Critics called the plans metropolitan government ideas that would have reduced the local identities and control of towns, village and the city.

Mahoney believes the most productive aspect of the shared services plan is the creation of a Greater Syracuse Shared Services Council. It will field future ideas for shared government services that reduce the cost of government.

The complete shared services plan for Onondaga County can be found at

Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney explains how the changes made in the county’s new shared services plan will work, and reduce property taxes.

How could new shared services plans in Onondaga County reduce local property taxes by nearly $10 million? Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney told WCNY.

How will the Greater Syracuse Shared Services Council manage future proposals. Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney runs through the process.

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