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Town of Union Vale (population 4877)

Name of service/government operation: Assessor

Form of sharing: one assessor for both Towns shared on a population basis

Services affected: assessment/grievance

Year started: prior to 1996

Partners: Towns of Union Vale and La Grange

Primary goal(s)/motivation(s): save money and provide good service

What planning process preceded the sharing? combined meeting of both Town Boards

What governance structures and/or agreements are required to maintain this agreement? Yearly review of agreement

Challenges: none

Benefits: monetary, shared training, keeping a knowledgable person on full time between Towns

Impact on budget: Savings

Impact on labor: we would have just a part time clerk with or without shared services

Impact on service: Better service as assessor is available to both Towns for consultation even while working in the adjoining municipality

Key contact: Supervisor Hitsman