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Shared Services in the News

City likely to share

Napoleon – Napoleon City Council seems set to continue toward joining a state program designed to help governmental entities better utilize equipment.
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Northeast Ohio communities have tight grip on state funds for shared services

Columbus – Northeast Ohio communities lead the state in landing loans and grants awarded by the state to promote the sharing of government services or the pooling of resources.
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County to take over Hamilton police, fire dispatching

Hamilton - As part of a cost cutting move, city officials have opted to enter a contract with the sheriff’s office to consolidate Hamilton’s 911 Police and Fire Communications Center.
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Hillcrest Communities are Sharing Services to Stretch Tax Dollars

Highland Heights - Many communities in what is known as the Hillcrest area started sharing services during the recent economic downturn to stretch tax dollars.
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Bay Village, Rocky River, Westlake share history of collaboration

Rocky River - Bay Village, Rocky River and Westlake -- along with neighboring communities -- have been working together for years.
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Chardon School District Officials Familiar with Shared Busing Services

Chardon - A new partnership with Kirtland City Schools will save Chardon more than $30,000 in administrative costs.
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Bettsville OKs Service Pact

The Bettsville Board of Education passed a resolution to enter into shared services with the Old Fort Board of Education.
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School Districts Partner for Energy

Three area school districts are teaming up to save money on energy.
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Merging School Administrations Makes Sense on Many Fronts

The announcement earlier this month that the Mahoning County Educational Service Center and the county’s Career and Technical Center will share administrations positively reinforces a slow but growing trend in the Mahoning Valley toward consolidation of public services.
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Field Approves Shared Treasurer with Waterloo

Members of the Field and Waterloo boards of education expressed hope that sharing a superintendent would save money for both districts Thursday, but some board members and residents had a hard time understanding how one superintendent could effectively oversee both districts.
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Field, Waterloo Boards Debate Shared Superintendent

Members of the Field and Waterloo boards of education expressed hope that sharing a superintendent would save money for both districts Thursday, but some board members and residents had a hard time understanding how one superintendent could effectively oversee both districts.
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Berkshire, Newbury School Boards Talking Shared Services, Consolidation

Neighboring Berkshire and Newbury school boards met earlier this week to discuss shared services as well as the possibility of consolidating districts to save costs.
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Commissioners OK Deal; Key Mutual Aid Agreement to Focus on Arson Cases

A mutual aid fire/arson investigation agreement between the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office and several communities and fire districts in the county was approved by the Lorain County commissioners yesterday.
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Field, Waterloo to Talk About Shared Superintendent

School boards from the Field and Waterloo districts will meet in April to discuss the possibility of sharing the superintendent services of Waterloo's Andrew Hill.
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Time is Ripe for Consolidation of City and County 911 Systems

Last fall, The Vindicator "urged Mayor Charles Sammarone to be aggressive in implementing the recommendations of a Youngstown government efficiency study that warns of difficult economic times in the not-too-distant future."
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Editorial: Getting to the Facts on Regionalism Opportunities

Cuyahoga County - Grant money has helped Cuyahoga County hire the Center for Governmental Research -- a Rochester, N.Y., think tank -- to help four East Side suburbs assess in detail the mechanics and costs of merging key public services or even creating a single new municipality.
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Editorial: Radio Wave

Akron - The Akron Beacon Journal writes how communities partnered together and successfully received federal grant money that will improve efficiencies in radio dispatching systems.
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Four Suburbs to Study Consolidation of 911 Dispatch Centers

Columbus - Four Columbus suburbs will spend more than $50,000 in state grants to study the feasibility of merging their 911 dispatching operations.
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Grant Funds Police Study

Brookfield - In hopes of creating a "skinny Ohio," Brookfield has been approved for a $27,000 grant to explore the possibility of combining police forces with Hubbard city and township.
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Lake County Agrees to Participate in Public Works Sharing Services Program

Lake County commissioners have approved an agreement to participate in a countywide public works sharing and use program.
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Hubbard and Liberty Sharing a Treasurer

Liberty - The Hubbard school district has agreed to a temporary sharing of its treasurer with Liberty schools. The shared venture is an effort to help Liberty with its cash-strapped budget
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Schools, City of Medina Look for Ways to Collaborate

Medina - Collaborating on payroll and health insurance were some of the possibilities discussed during a meeting between the Medina school board and city officials Monday.
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Portage, Summit Towns to Share Resources

Ravenna - The city of Ravenna is joining with its neighbors to create a mutual aid program with a different twist.
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Mentor Council OKs Move to Join County Equipment-Sharing Program

Mentor - The city of Mentor is leading the way in a program that could prove financially beneficial for municipalities across the county.
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Willoughby City Council Approves Shared Services Agreement

Willoughby - Tuesday evening, Willoughby City Council unanimously adopted a resolution authorizing Mayor David Anderson to enter into a public works non-emergency and emergency shared services agreement with county and local governments in Lake County.
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Vanlue, Kenton Agree to Share School Treasurer

Vanlue - Vanlue and Kenton school districts have agreed to share a treasurer, school administrators announced this week.
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New Mowing Policy Saves Ottawa $13,000

Ottawa - Ottawa's new way of mowing saved the village nearly $13,000 over what it spent in 2011 for mowing.
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Bay Village Mayor Deborah Sutherland says city will move forward with effort to regionalize fire services

Bay Village - The city will move forward with efforts to regionalize fire services despite voters rejecting four charter amendments on the November ballot, two of which would have made forming a regional fire authority easier.
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University Heights to hold town hall meeting about possibility of shared fire services with Shaker Heights

University Heights - The mayor said the purpose is to hear residents’ feedback on the recommendations that are part of the study that includes four different models for joint operation of the two cities’ fire departments.
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Lake County Communitiies Lead Way for Public Works Shared Services Agreement

Lake County - The initiative is spearheaded by Ohio Auditor Dave Yost’s office and will enable communities to share capital equipment and other resources as a way to potentially save money.
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Medina, Cloverleaf Schools Agree to Share Treasurer

Medina - Medina Schools treasurer Jim Hudson will be paid his current salary of $90,500, but will divide his time between both districts, spending several days a week in one and several days in the other.
School officials said both districts will save money.
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State Officials Praise Toledo, Ottawa Hills Fire Merger

State officials in Ottawa Hills on Wednesday touted the village's merger with the City of Toledo to provide fire services as a shining example of how other municipalities can work together to save money.
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Study to be Sought for Merger Departments

Youngstown - The possible merger of the Youngstown and Mahoning County health departments has gotten to the money-commitment stage.
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Communities Discuss Sharing Equipment

Stow - A group of nearly a dozen municipalities, plus the Ohio Department of Transportation, took the next step toward regional sharing of service department equipment.
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Counties to Share Agency Director

Champaign and Logan counties will share a top administrator for their Departments of Job and Family Services in an experiment that will save cash for each county.
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Ohio Local Governments to Explore Shared IT Services

School districts across Ohio’s Mahoning and Columbiana counties have been using shared IT services for decades — and now area local governments want in on the action.
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Counties to Offer Imaging Services

Toledo - With plans to offer digital imaging to surrounding counties while making their own records centers self-sustaining, the clerks of courts in Lucas and Wood counties are teaming together to offer the service to surrounding counties.
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Columbus State Partnering with Reynoldsburg Schools

Columbus - Reynoldsburg students will soon be able to take Columbus State Community College courses at their high school and possibly earn a two-year associate degree along with their diploma, officials said last night.
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Sharing Services an Idea that's Spreading

Marietta - In these tough economic times- especially for public school districts in Ohio- the idea of sharing services grows appealing.
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Butler County Educational Service Awarded Grant
on Shared Services

Hamilton - The Butler County Educational Service Center will share in a $250,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Education to implement new shared services programs that could be a model for Ohio’s 614 school districts.
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Editorial: Just Consolidate

The Akron Beacon Journal advocates for combining dispatching operations in Northeast Ohio to reduce costs and inefficiencies for local governments.
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Centralized Purchasing Saves County Tens Of Thousands

Hamilton — Butler County has saved nearly $650,000 on contracts for the next three years, a direct result of re-establishing and filling a central purchasing position...
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Performance Audit of the City of Mansfield Released Today - More than $3 Million in Savings Recommended

Columbus - Potential recurring savings of more than $3 million were recommended in the performance audit of the City of Mansfield released today by Auditor of State Dave Yost...
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Parma Heights Sign Agreement To Share Safety Services

Parma - “This is without a doubt a win-win scenario for the two cities,” DePiero said. “More importantly, it’s a win-win for the residents of our communities who deserve the best available emergency safety services. This is a giant step in that direction.”...
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Group Purchasing Could Lower Utility Bills, Officials Told Flag City Auto Wash

Findlay officials are exploring the idea of “aggregation,” or group purchasing, to save on electric and natural gas rates...
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Residents Win with Joint District

Community leaders in Liberty, Girard, Hubbard, Vienna, Coitsville and the Trumbull County 911 emergency call center are on the right track by talking about forming a joint fire district...
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Summit May Consolidate Local Road Paving Projects

Summit County is experimenting with a project that consolidates paving projects for townships and municipalities in search of lower bids....
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Salem Takes Steps Toward Performance Audit

Salem - Concerned about the city's finances, members of council's finance committee will have the auditor's office begin filling out paperwork to apply for a performance audit loan through the state of Ohio....
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Sharing May Save Edgewood Schools $1.5 Million

Edgewood City Schools stands to save about $1.5 million through an increased partnership with the Butler County Educational Service Center, the elimination of more than 10 positions before next year, and its district realignment...
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skinnyOhio.org Resources

Local Government Toolkit

The Local Government Toolkit provides templates, checklists, sample agreements and other resources.

Shared Services Idea Center

The Shared Services Idea Center gives examples of how governments, school systems and other community organizations in Ohio are working together to save money.

Performance Audit Database

The Performance Audit Database is a searchable database of performance audits conducted by the Auditor of State’s office.