Local governments are using the term "shared services" these days, but what does that mean?
Essentially, it's collaborating with other governments to eliminate duplication and operate more efficiently.
As outlined in the County Board's strategic plan, Lake County continually explores opportunities for increased efficiency and cost savings by collaborating with other government entities.
Some examples include contracts to provide police services, cooperatively purchasing goods, and sharing services such as building inspections
Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor explains and shares more examples in this short video.
Lake County has an internal Collaborative Services Committee, and participates in two other intergovernmental groups to advance shared services efforts inside government, and across the region.