Broome County Awarded Local Government Efficiency Grant to Study Consolidated Code Enforcement

(Binghamton- NY) Today, the New York State Department ofState Division of Local Government announced 2008-2009 Local Government Efficiency Grant Program Awards. In total $10,136,198.52 was awarded to local governments for various efficiency and consolidation efforts across the state.  In February, Broome County in partnership with the Town of Kirkwood submitted a grant application for $37,500 that was approved to study countywide code enforcement.  

“My administration continues to seek out ways to provide services more efficiently to benefit all taxpayers,” said Broome County Executive Barbara J. Fiala. “Government can no longer perform by 20th century standards. By partnering with local municipalities to evaluate code enforcement operations, we feel we have an opportunity to improve the delivery of these important services while generating future savings.”    
The awarded funding will be used to employ a third party to complete a feasibility study to analyze the administrative, fiscal, legal and political considerations incidental to countywide code enforcement. Initially, concerns about the efficiency and cost effectiveness of enforcement of the Unified Fire Prevention and Building Code in Broome County were raised by local officials. Concerned parties then sought to address these concerns with the help of the Broome County Planning Department by applying for a grant to carry out an independent study. 
For more information about the other Local Government Efficiency grants that were awarded please visit:


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