Riverhead Central School District has approved intermunicipal agreements for shared services with neighboring and overlapping taxing districts to utilize the Riverhead Central School District’s fueling pumps at its Transportation Center.
Districts involved in the agreement include the Riverhead and Manorville fire districts, the Flanders-Northampton Volunteer Ambulance Corps, the Little Flower Union Free School District, and the Mattituck-Cutchogue Union Free School District.
“These shared service agreements are a win-win,” said Riverhead CSD Board President Gregory Meyer. “They not only establish Riverhead as a regional leader but they will also provide competitive prices to area municipalities and bring in revenue to the Riverhead School District.”
The agreement aims to bolster fiscal stability and create savings for all taxpayers and was approved by the board of education on June 19.
The agreements enable the taxing districts to access fuel purchased by the Riverhead CSD at state contract prices, which are considerably lower than commercial gas stations. The RCSD will charge an administrative fee of seven cents per gallon to cover its costs. The districts will be able to pass the savings onto their taxpayers, many of whom are also taxpayers in the Riverhead Central School District.
A second agreement will allow the Riverhead Central School District to act as a service and repair shop for the Mattituck-Cutchogue Union Free School District’s bus fleet. The Riverhead CSD will charge Mattituck for labor and parts.
The Riverhead Central School District will continue to explore additional shared services in an effort to promote cooperation and tax savings for its residents.