Bill S3896-2015

Authorizes municipal corporations, school districts and BOCES to consolidate services and functions

Authorizes municipal corporations, school districts and BOCES to consolidate services and functions.

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  • Feb 20, 2015: REFERRED TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT

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BILL NUMBER:S3896

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the general municipal law and the education law, in relation to authorizing municipal corporations to consolidate services

PURPOSE:

To encourage improved economies of scale and cost efficiencies in how services are provided by the local governments, school districts and BOCES units by allowing them to enter into agreements for shared and/or consolidated services.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section one amends the General Municipal Law by adding a new article 17-B, which authorizes the sharing of services between municipal governments, school districts, and BOCES units.

Section two amends the Education Law by adding a new section 1510-A authorizing the sharing of services between municipal governments, school districts, and BOCES units.

Section three amends Section 1604 of the Education Law by adding a new Subdivision 43, related to the powers and duties of authorizing such action by a board of trustees.

Section four amends Section 1709 of the Education Law by adding a new subdivision 43, related to the powers and duties of authorizing such action by a board of education.

Section five provides for an immediate effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:

Given recent and continued economic struggles, costs borne by local governing bodies, school districts, and BOCES units in providing services continue to rise. These entities could benefit from being able to consolidate the functions of their respective departments to seek better economies of scale.

This legislation would allow local governments, school districts, and BOCES units to enter into an agreement with one another, allowing them to consolidate functions for the purpose of enabling a collaborative and cost-effective approach to the procurement of services and purchasing. It is anticipated that by providing more flexibility for sharing services there will be substantial cost-savings to local governments and the school districts, reduced duplication and improved delivery of services.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2014: S.6428 / A.5839 referred to Local Government.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

This legislation would save both state and local tax dollars by reducing administrative and operational costs.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act would take effect immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3896 2015-2016 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 20, 2015 ___________
Introduced by Sen. MARCHIONE -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Local Government AN ACT to amend the general municipal law and the education law, in relation to authorizing municipal corporations to consolidate services THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The general municipal law is amended by adding a new arti- cle 17-B to read as follows: ARTICLE 17-B CONSOLIDATION OF SERVICES SECTION 795. CONSOLIDATION OF SERVICES. S 795. CONSOLIDATION OF SERVICES. ANY MUNICIPAL CORPORATION MAY ENTER INTO AN AGREEMENT WITH ANY OTHER MUNICIPAL CORPORATION, SCHOOL DISTRICT OR BOARD OF COOPERATIVE EDUCATIONAL SERVICES FOR THE SHARING OF SERVICES AND FUNCTIONS. S 2. The education law is amended by adding a new section 1510-a to read as follows: S 1510-A. SHARING OF SERVICES. ANY SCHOOL DISTRICT, BOARD OF COOPER- ATIVE EDUCATIONAL SERVICES OR MUNICIPAL CORPORATION, AS THAT TERM IS DEFINED BY SECTION TWO OF THE GENERAL MUNICIPAL LAW, MAY ENTER INTO AN AGREEMENT WITH ANY OTHER SCHOOL DISTRICT, BOARD OF COOPERATIVE EDUCA- TIONAL SERVICES OR MUNICIPAL CORPORATION FOR THE SHARING OF SERVICES AND FUNCTIONS. S 3. Section 1604 of the education law is amended by adding a new subdivision 43 to read as follows: 43. TO AGREE OR CONTRACT WITH ANY SCHOOL DISTRICT, BOARD OF COOPER- ATIVE EDUCATIONAL SERVICES OR MUNICIPAL CORPORATION, AS THAT TERM IS DEFINED BY SECTION TWO OF THE GENERAL MUNICIPAL LAW, FOR THE SHARING OF SERVICES AND FUNCTIONS. S 4. Section 1709 of the education law is amended by adding a new subdivision 43 to read as follows:
43. TO AGREE OR CONTRACT WITH ANY SCHOOL DISTRICT, BOARD OF COOPER- ATIVE EDUCATIONAL SERVICES OR MUNICIPAL CORPORATION, AS THAT TERM IS DEFINED BY SECTION TWO OF THE GENERAL MUNICIPAL LAW, FOR THE SHARING OF SERVICES AND FUNCTIONS. S 5. This act shall take effect immediately.

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