Inter-local agreements between public bodies should be mutually beneficial to all parties involved. Essentially, an inter-local agreement is a cooperation contract between public bodies aimed at providing more efficient and less costly public services. It is likely that the public bodies of your municipality enter into inter-local agreements every year. Perhaps your city`s animal control officer also provides services in neighbouring communities. This is probably the result of an inter-local agreement. An interlocal agreement is a written contract between local authorities such as a city, county, school board or constitutional office. Whenever a public service includes the joint operations and budgets of two or more local authorities, an interlocal agreement must be drawn up and approved by all parties, the governing body of each government – a school board, a city council, a district commission – finalizing the agreement by vote. Interlocal agreements may include a sheriff`s office that provides police services to a city, such as the Flagler County Sheriff`s contract agreement with Palm Coast, or a school board that conducts joint operations with a city or county to operate certain parks, or a municipality and election supervisor that organizes election services. Some local governments have entered into agreements or have adopted policy measures in which they intend to establish opportunities for joint coordination and action on issues of common interest with neighbouring jurisdictions. See the following standard agreements and policies: Inter-local cooperation can reduce duplication, reduce economies of scale and, in general, improve government efficiency.
Local governments make a wide range of cooperative efforts between governments and other public administrations, and inter-local cooperation can take many forms. The Joint Municipal Utility Services Act (J. 39.106 RCW), passed by Parliament in 2011, created a new type of intergovernmental society to improve the ability of municipal utilities to plan, fund, operate and deliver public services. By law, local authorities can enter into joint agreements on municipal utility services for the formation of independent municipal enterprises providing one or all of the services provided by their participating members, including water, piping, rainwater and flood protection services. One or more municipalities or agencies may enter into inter-local agreements on common services. For example, a municipality could encourage a school authority to maintain its vehicles when it operates a garage for the repair and maintenance of school buses. The shared use of resources saves taxpayers` money, because the municipality pays the school board through the inter-local agreement — it does not need to maintain its own garage and recruit staff.