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City of Tonawanda (population 15130)

Name of service/government operation: Shared Assessor

Form of sharing: Shared Assessor

Services affected: Property tax assessment and programs

Year started: 2012

Partners: Town of Tonawanda and City of Tonawanda

Primary goal(s)/motivation(s): Cost savings

What planning process preceded the sharing? Meetings between elected officials

What governance structures and/or agreements are required to maintain this agreement? Approval of executives and legislative bodies.

Challenges: Find the right person to be the shared assessor.

Benefits: The City of Tonawanda, NY will save $40,000 this year.

Impact on budget: Reduce taxes.

Impact on service: The service has improved.

Key contact: Dave Marrano, City and Town of Tonawanda Assessor.