By WAYNE ALLEN
PDT Staff Writer
The Scioto County Department of Job and Family Services is joining with six other counties in Southern Ohio to cost share digital management services.
Scioto County’s department is joining Meigs, Pickaway, Pike, Gallia, Lawrence and Jackson counties to aid the counties in their efforts to apply for a grant from the Local Government Innovation Fund (LGIF). The Scioto County Commissioners approved a resolution Tuesday supporting the application.
“If granted, the funds will be utilized in our continued motorization efforts of the Southern 7. The purpose of this effort is to gain efficiency and reduce costs by sharing services for hardware and maintenance of our existing digital management systems,” said Paige Robbins, director of the Scioto County Department of Job and Family Services.
Robbins said the action is a result of diminishing resources and escalating service demands.
“Scioto County Job and Family Services confronted these challenges by engaging in a modernization effort with six other counties from the Southern Seven,” Robbins wrote in a letter to the Scioto County Commissioners.
She said the reason Scioto County and the Southern 7 are able to do this is because the seven counties use the same document management system.
She said if grants funds are awarded the savings could reach 20 percent annually.
When asked if other services are being considered for possible consolidation, Robbins said, “at this point the conversation among the seven counties have been about cost sharing and staying within our budget, and nothing else.”
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