Working Together in Service to Shared Constituencies
Counties, cities, schools and special districts are distinct
legal entities that have no control over each other (except for
dependent special districts). Yet these entities usually have
overlapping constituencies. Those constituencies provide
financial support to these local agencies through taxes,
assessments, fees and other kinds of service charges.
Local agencies throughout California are employing joint-use and
shared services agreements as a tool to stretch taxpayer
resources as far as possible in service to shared constituents.
These approaches can serve as helpful, creative ways to continue
providing local services while reducing operation and maintenance
Although the Institute endeavors to help local officials
understand technical and legal concepts that apply to their
public service, these materials are not technical or legal
advice. Officials are encouraged to consult technical
experts, attorneys and/or relevant regulatory authorities for
up-to-date information and advice on specific situations.