The Shared Services building project has been several years in planning. The most significant change from the early planning stages was the withdrawal of the Village of Owego from the project. It was originally to be a combined project for both the village and the town.
Much of the purpose of the project is to be able to better respond to regional floods which impact the town, and to reduce town losses from such floods when they occur.
I attended a February 27, 2019 informational meeting on the project and uploaded the 20 page handout which you can download here:
A key question I asked was for more solid numbers on the projected cost savings from consolidation of services. We should rationally support the project based on risk assessment for the flood issue, and from gains in manpower efficiency for the consolidation components. Taxpayers need to be proven that the cost of the project produces benefits of significant value.