Report: Wis. governments must find way to consolidate services
MADISON (WKOW) -- Many schools in the area are considering consolidation as a cost-saving measure, a new report is recommending local Wisconsin governments do the same.
The study from the Local Government Institute, a coalition of local government associations, says collaboration enables governments to spread capital costs over a larger tax base and share equipment. It also encourages cost controls to ensure the collaboration retains value.
The report adds that local leaders must see clear fiscal benefits, a common need and trust each other for collaboration to work.
The study calls for creating legislative committees to research collaboration and intergovernmental councils where local leaders can trade ideas and link to regional economic development groups.
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