Budgeting for Shared Services

Source: Paula Sanford, Government Finance Review, Vol. 30 no. 4, August 2014
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Sharing services can improve the efficiency of service delivery and sometimes allow jurisdictions to offer increased levels of service, but there are also logistical and financial challenges — not the least of which is developing an initial budget. Being prepared for challenges and addressing them early in budget process can prevent financial, service delivery, and even political problems down the road. This article examines the consolidation of the City of Macon and Bibb County, both in Georgia, into Macon-Bibb County, exploring some of the issues organizations are likely to encounter in developing a shared-services budget and provides strategies for successfully working through them….