The cities of North Las Vegas and Las Vegas are exploring innovative opportunities to work together to build a stronger region, including a six-month management consultation and shared services assessment. The purpose is to look for mutually beneficial programs to increase efficiencies and to stretch public dollars.
“With Washington D.C. closed and Carson City disinterested in our problems, our metropolitan partners have no choice but to work out collective solutions to our shared problems,” said North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee. “Embracing our city's new spirit of cooperation, we are excited to work with Las Vegas in a joint effort to save taxpayers money and ensure residents have a more efficient and responsive government.”
The agreement proposes the creation of a Shared Services Committee, consisting of 11 jointly appointed community members. The committee is expected to present progress reports and recommendations to each City Council, hold public hearings to obtain public comment and maintain transparency. The committee will adhere to Nevada’s Open Meeting Law and notice meetings, according to Nevada Revised Statutes.
Under the six-month consultation agreement, Las Vegas City Manager Betsy Fretwell and North Las Vegas Interim City Manager Jeff Buchanan will be working together to explore partnerships and shared services in several areas, such as: new economic development, finance, redevelopment, business licensing, park/community centers, animal control, traffic operations, information technology, purchasing, and fire non-suppression/support services.
“It only makes sense for our two cities to explore opportunities to share services,” said Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman. “I am a big supporter of sharing services where we can because everyone comes out the winner—especially our taxpayers.”
The consultation agreement also requires an independent financial analysis of each potential shared services area. Las Vegas will be compensated from savings generated by any agreed upon shared service partnerships.
Under the agreement, North Las Vegas will hire former Clark County manager Thom Reilly as an independent consultant to ensure the work maintains the best interests of North Las Vegas. Reilly will be responsible for facilitating the citizen's advisory group and reviewing the shared partnership work.
The two cities first explored the idea of service sharing in February 2011. The current administration in North Las Vegas expressed an interest to revisit the concept and look for ways to save tax money.
The plan for management consulting and a shared services assessment will be outlined in an interlocal agreement, set to come before both City Councils for approval in early November. During which time both councils will consider the slate of 11 community members for the Shared Services Committee.