Collective local government savings worth millions of dollars have already been achieved, and more will be delivered, through collaborative arrangements between the 12 councils of the Waikato region, says a new report.
The report to the Waikato Mayoral Forum has highlighted savings already made or set to be realised, as well as other gains through the joint arrangements:
The efficiencies achieved have been outlined to the Waikato Mayoral Forum in a report on the Local Authorities Shared Services (LASS) council-controlled organization, owned by the 12 Waikato city, district and regional councils.
LASS enables councils to save money and increase efficiency by jointly entering into contracts and agreements, and by working collaboratively.
“The spirit of local government co-operation in the Waikato region has been delivering some very tangible benefits,” said forum chair Allan Sanson, the mayor of Waikato District.
“Our focus now is on making further gains on the efficiency front through LASS and the mayoral forum’s co-operative work.”
Areas being studied for greater co-operation opportunities include laboratory services, pipe procurement, legal services, valuations and health & safety.
Information on the forum’s work is available at www.mpdc.govt.nz/waikatomayoralforum.
A copy of the full report is available via https://www.dropbox.com/s/329llp2iq44p22l/4480%20-%20Waikato%20LASS%20- %20Collaboration%20in%20Action.pdf?dl=0
Stephen Ward, forum communications advisor, 07 859 0782 or 021 756 310