Interim report released by Shared Services Committee

Over recent years, a subject of much conversation within the village and the town of Cazenovia has been the sharing of their services to reduce costs. In March 2009, both the village and town boards authorized a citizens committee, entitled the Shared Services Committee, to review the topic.

The committee consists of eight residents from the town and the village. Resident Helen Beale serves as the chair. After a study extending nearly two years, the committee released its interim report to the boards in December. The committee is currently awaiting the responses of the boards to the report.

The complete Shared Services Committee Interim Report, together with a compact disk containing an appendix of source material, is available at the Cazenovia Public Library as well as the New Woodstock Free Library. As a service to the public, the Cazenovia League of Women Voters has made the report available on its website cazenovialwv.org. Major findings and recommendations of the committee that are set out in its report include:

Professional Administator or Manager

The question of a professional management type of government merits further consideration by the Village and Town of Cazenovia. This consideration should entail a studied assessment of the financial and operational effectiveness that professional management could offer, both from short term and long term planning perspectives. The option of sharing an executive officer as opposed to each governmental entity having its own officer should also be considered.

Professional management is not suggested as the ultimate answer for each and every challenge that the village and the town are facing today. Multimillion-dollar enterprises and governmental bodies of any significant size, however, are unlikely to be truly successful without full-time executive oversight and coordination. Accordingly, the village and town of Cazenovia should review the implementation of a professional management type of government.

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