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 costs
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.