Shared Services and Joint Use


Shared Services and Joint Use
Intergovermental Collaboration

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.

For this reason, local agencies are alert to opportunities to work together in order to stretch those resources as far as possible. Agencies collaborate in many ways such as joint purchasing programs, joint provision of public services, joint use of public facilities, and joint study sessions. In this way, local agencies are striving to stretch taxpayer resources as far as possible in service to shared constituents.

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Stretching Community Dollars Guidebook
2015-2016 Resource

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Most elected officials and key staff understand and appreciate the benefits of working together, and many are engaging in various forms of collaboration in some capacity. While, there are also many documents in existence on collaboration and working together, this guide focuses on bridging the gap between an understanding of and intention to collaborate with purposeful action.