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June 3, 2010

DiNapoli: Sewer System Transfer In Great Neck Will Save Taxpayers Money

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today approved the transfer of the sewer collection system belonging to the Village of Great Neck to the Great Neck Water Pollution Control District within the Town of North Hempstead. The transfer will save taxpayers money and will improve the village and the district’s respective sewer treatment systems.

“The sewer system transfer is good for taxpayers and good for the environment,” DiNapoli said. “It will reduce pollutants in the Long Island Sound and at the same time save taxpayers money. Shared services and consolidation can achieve greater cost efficiencies. The village, the district and the Town of North Hempstead should be commended for their efforts.”

In addition to the sewer collection system transfer, the village will close its wastewater treatment plant and transfer its sewage to the district’s wastewater plant.

The village and district have entered into an inter-municipal contract wherein the district has agreed to construct the necessary infrastructure to link the systems and improve the wastewater treatment plant. The district will make upgrades to ensure the wastewater plant has the capacity to serve the area within the village and the original district.

It is estimated that this shared-services approach will save taxpayers money. For example, based on a property valued at $1,000,000, village officials have estimated that:

  • Village taxpayers will save approximately $477 per taxpayer per year; and
  • District system taxpayers will save approximately $114 per taxpayer per year.

DiNapoli’s office has oversight and approval authority over shared services agreements such as this one. DiNapoli has been urging local governments to examine opportunities for shared services to save taxpayers money.


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