County Executive Marcus Molinaro announced $925,000 in grants awarded to municipalities for consolidating or sharing services under a county grant program designed to lower costs and increase efficiency. Six municipalities submitted applications that would share in the grants.
Molinaro said at an awards ceremoney that the county program was the first of its kind in New York State. “Our primary goal is to reduce the total cost of government through increased efficiencies and the elimination of unnecessary or redundant services, resulting in smaller, smarter government.”
He said that “each of the projects receiving awards demonstrate the ability to provide savings to local taxpayers.”
Since the inception of the program, more than $4.5 million has been awarded.
$75,000 was awarded to the City of Poughkeepsie to conduct a study of the city’s dispatch operations, including fiscal analysis and a restructuring plan for shared services and consolidation opportunities within the City and with Dutchess County. An outside expert will be retained to conduct the study.
$200,000 was awarded to Beacon for consolidation of three fire stations. The award is for design and construction plans for a single consolidated fire station, that is expected to save $1.3 million over 10 years. The sale of the closed stations could generate $1.38 million. Beacon will avoid the cost of $4.7 million in modernization costs for the three existing stations.
$75,000 for an analysis of the City of Poughkeepsie’s Department of Public Work’s operations to identify ways to consolidate or share services within the City, the Town of Poughkeepsie and the county. An outside expert will be retained to conduct the study.
$145,000 was awarded to Wappinger for the Emergency Services Building that is shared with the NY State Police.
$100,000 to East Fishkill for engineering and construction of a consolidated sewer district between the town and school dstrict on the Route 52 corridor. Savings to John Jay High School/Wappingers Central School District is estimated at $350,000 in the first year and $50,000 annually thereafter.
$280,000 was awarded the town of Poughkeepsie to integrate the town’s dispatch system with the county’s system.
Next month, Dutchess County expects to announce almost $1 million in additional grants for projects that will result in meaningfull savings and reduce property taxes. The 2017 Tentative County Budget, due at the end of October, is expected to contain $1 million for the grant program, which will then be called the Municipal Innovation Grant Program. It will target criminal justice, shared services and consolidation projects, and land use and economic development projects.
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