Report from Lt. Governor highlights ways local governments can share resources

ILLINOIS NEWS NETWORK

A new journal presented by Illinois’ lieutenant governor provides local governments ideas to share services with other local governments as a way to save tax dollars.

The 2016 Journal of Local Government Shared Service Best Practices includes measures implemented by townships, municipalities and school districts. In some cases, communities saved hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti said, while consolidating some the state’s nearly 7,000 units of government is a bit far away, sharing services is something that can have lasting impact and save taxpayers money while improving services.

“When you share services there will be inevitable savings. If you’re sharing equipment, personnel, ideas, there will be inevitable savings. But it’s true, it’s not a one-size-fits-all approach,” she said.

Sanguinetti said the journal has a common theme.

“It all boils down to giving power back to the locals so that they can decide what’s best for them,” she said.

A local school district’s relationship with a community college is one of many examples presented in the report.

McLean County School Superintendent Dr. Mark Daniel said he’s lived in Indiana and Michigan and they had much lower property taxes. That forced local governments and schools to share resources.

Daniel said those lessons translated well when McLean teamed up with Heartland Community College and other stakeholders to provide a variety of college preparedness courses for their students.

“Bringing together business, bringing together private sector, public sector, nonprofit, for profits, understanding that education is a critical, critical building block of our economic development.”

Sanguinetti’s office issued the journal featuring 27 different examples of local governments sharing services.

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