Oneida County offers an agreement to any municipal government that proposes service consolidation plans.
For any municipality that creates a government consolidation program, Oneida County will match its first year savings. County Executive Anthony Picente said creating more effective and efficient services is vital in today’s job market, where fewer people are interested in government jobs.
“For a very long time, the government never had to worry about it,” Picente said. “It’s not that we didn’t have vacancies, but we’re seeing it more and more. In the last two years something has happened, obviously the pandemic, but something more has happened. is produced, that the workforce has changed, the desire for the workforce has changed, the interest in various functions has changed.”
Picente said that when it comes to wages and benefits, governments are competing with retail companies and other businesses they have never competed with in the past. This program applies to any government department, from police and fire departments, to tax collection or parks. It aims to encourage local governments to take a hard look at what they are doing and where they can save money. Picente hopes this one-time incentive can create real government consolidation.
“It’s not so much a nudge or a push, it’s up to everyone to pause and watch, and just assess,” Picente said. “That’s how I would characterize it.”