Attend the Upcoming Webinar: Shared Services: The San Carlos, Calif., Experience

Facing serious budget constraints, including an annual $3.5 million structural deficit, the elected and appointed leaders of the City of San Carlos, Calif., changed the way that police, fire, parks maintenance and recreation services are delivered to residents and businesses. The "budget challenges" program successfully emphasized preserving or increasing the level and quality of services in each area while simultaneously reducing costs.

The process involved all-day budget briefings for the public, exploring what the services should look like in the future, discussions and requests for proposals with neighboring cities, special districts, the county, the state and private service providers on alternate service delivery models; and reviewing the pros and cons of different service delivery options. 

The result of the process was maintaining or increasing service to the public, changing the service delivery method in each area and an annual cost savings of almost $4 million through the use of four different strategies in the four service areas that were explored.

On March 29, from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Eastern time, San Carlos, Calif., Mayor Andy Klein and Assistant City Manager Brian Moura will share the city's approach, lessons learned and what other local governments need to focus on to be successful when considering a shared services approach to addressing budget challenges and community service desires.

Details: Register for this webinar, co-hosted by the Public Technology Institute, at If you have any questions about this webinar contact Julia Pulidindi at