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Study: Savings seen in town service consolidation

February 17, 2013

QUINCY, Mass. (AP) — A study says Massachusetts towns and cities could save millions of dollars by consolidating emergency dispatch call centers, health departments and employee retirement systems.

The Patriot Ledger reports (http://bit.ly/VYvrMj ) that the study by the New England Public Policy Center at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston found that the savings would be due to consolidation, not smaller partnerships among a few communities.

Lt. Gov. Tim Murray said at a recent forum that the recession forced many local governments to consider if they could share equipment, facilities or employees to cut costs.

He says the state is promoting such changes with grants that totaled $2.3 million to 161 towns and cities with plans to regionalize.

Murray says 265 emergency dispatch centers operate in Massachusetts, which he says is more than 10 times as in similarly-sized Maryland.

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