Village officials in Granville and Whitehall are exploring sharing services to cut costs and collect incentives under the state’s County-Wide Shared Services Initiative.

By Matthew Saari and Krystle Morey

Granville Mayor Brian LaRose and Whitehall Mayor Phil Smith have begun talks about possibly sharing some services between the two villages as a cost-saving measure.
LaRose and Smith met earlier this month to begin discussing mutually beneficial opportunities as a part of Governor Cuomo’s state-mandated County-Wide Shared Services Initiative.
The initiative is a state effort to consolidate and streamline services offered by municipalities to decrease the financial burden on taxpayers.
LaRose said he and Smith have “a lot in common.”
“We both share a lot of concerns and we both share a lot of issues that we are both dealing with as far as the cost to supply the services that we supply for both of our municipalities,” said LaRose. “There’s a lot of commonality between the two of us. I think that’s going to be beneficial moving forward.”

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