The Taxpayers Association of Central Iowa actively encourages local governments to collaborate with each other in the provision of services and/or functions.  Doing so can result in lower unit costs and better service.

Examples of Local Government Collaboration in Central Iowa

By Function

By Jurisdiction

Resources for Collaboration

School Privatization Survey: Michigan Rates Increase Again“, By Michael D. LaFaive and Philip D. Schlosser, published on Oct. 5, 2015

“Merger of City Village Services: Best Practices,” by the University of Wisconsin Extension Service Local Government Center, Feb. 2003.

The New Jersey Shared Services Association is an organization that proactively promotes increased efficiency through the delivery of services.  The site has many examples of shared services.

Office of the New York State Comptroller, Division of Local Government and School Accountability, “Local Government Management Guide: Shared Services,” March 2011.

Michigan Municipal League, Survey of Shared Services, March 2011.