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Clean, accountable, efficient government is within reach. By learning and sharing successful ways of increasing efficiency, local governments can become more financially stable and, as a result, save taxpayer dollars. This site is a valuable resource for state agencies, local governments and school systems to find innovative ways to do more with less.

Explore below to find common opportunities for savings within a variety of specific divisions of government. And don’t forget, you can search our Savings Idea Center and Performance Audit Database to see these ideas in action.



Human Resources

Human resources makes up the single greatest share of local government budgets. Entities across the state, like the Benjamin Logan Local Schools, and across the country, like King County in Washington State, are enjoying big savings thanks to innovative HR practices. In King County, for example, a new wellness program has realized a 3:1 return on investment.

Planning & Financial

Understanding where you are can help you find where you are headed. For the best-performing local governments, strategic plans are the road maps that guide them to success. Governments willing to go the extra mile to control expenses can also reap the rewards of a sound financial forecast. This section can help you learn how to prepare your community for one, five and ten years down the road.


Opportunities often only knock once. In the face of shrinking budgets, government leaders must capitalize on every chance to get the most out of their operations at a low cost. From ensuring salt spreaders are properly calibrated to guaranteeing safety personnel shifts are properly staffed, this section can help maximize the quality of operations at your entity.


Local governments have teamed up for years to purchase and maintain equipment at a lower cost to taxpayers. As technologies advance, larger fleets have begun embracing new tools that promote centralized management and data-driven results. In places like Cincinnati and Lake County, government officials have recognized the value of employing data to guide major capital purchases. Cities like Columbus are installing GPS devices to help monitor equipment and eliminate misuse. These entities and many more are increasingly engaging in the sharing economy through ShareOhio.


As more government processes shift to the web, local governments now have more opportunities than ever to make better use of their facilities. State and local governments in southwest Ohio are gleaning noticeable results from the communal practice of co-location. In Cleveland, city officials are making strides toward clean, energy-efficient facilities as they work to meet LEED standards. Use this section to help your entity get the most out of its facilities.

Shared Services

“Shared services is a collaborative strategy that is fundamentally about optimizing staff, equipment and facilities and other corporate or public resources across jurisdictions to improve operational efficiencies and related outcomes.” - Beyond Boundaries Report, 2012

Ohio Performance Team

Performance audits provide elected officials and government employees with an objective, third-party analysis of their operations to help them improve performance, reduce costs and make informed, data-driven decisions. The Auditor of State’s office conducts performance audits of Ohio’s schools, local governments and state agencies.

Shared Services

Ready to learn how you can optimize staff, equipment and facilities, in collaboration with other local governments?