Municipalities have many opportunities available to them to enhance the delivery of services to their ratepayers. The development of cost-sharing agreements is important for municipalities to consider for the following reasons:
- Efficiency – Creates efficiencies and possibly economies of scale. Enhance the delivery of services and avoids duplication of effort/expenditure.
- Community Building – The public expects municipal representatives (elected and appointed) to set an example for the community and provide leadership on cooperative initiatives. Councillors must work together as a community to achieve common goals, and cooperation is tied to better service for residents. Relationships are the key to building successful agreements.
- Economic Growth – Common community goals and cooperative efforts will enhance the opportunity to attract economic growth and improve economic development to the area.
- Municipal Autonomy – Municipal autonomy assists municipalities to develop solutions suitable to their own settings, avoids forced amalgamations and allows municipalities to control their own destiny.
- United Voice – The development of co-operative initiatives and agreements allows municipalities to speak with one voice to government, thus achieving strength in unity and providing greater opportunity to influence other orders of government.
- Community Capacity – Understanding the needs of the broader community and collectively bringing to bear the necessary resources to provide a more effective and broader range of programs and services not possible individually. Municipalities are representatives of the citizens, and are stewards of the resources available. A municipality has a responsibility to maximize the use of resources through collective sharing to benefit the community as a whole while preserving municipal autonomy.