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Town of North Harmony (population 2267)

Name of service/government operation: Shared Assessor

Services affected: Assessing

Year started: 2007

Partners: Towns of Busti and Chautauqua

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

What planning process preceded the sharing? Cost comparison of offering and existing costs. We had quite an upheaval because of a property re-evaluation and decided to change assessors.

What governance structures and/or agreements are required to maintain this agreement? Yearly contract.

Benefits: Cost savings.

Impact on budget: Costs have remained stable.

Impact on service: Office moved from Bemus Point to Mayville. Staff is available as many hours as previously available. The courtesy extended to our taxpayers has exceeded any complaints about the difference in distance in travel.

Key contact: Assessor