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Martin School of Public Policy and Administration

Executive Summary

Inter-municipal cooperation can be a valuable tool used by cities to decrease the costs of public services. An analysis of waste collection costs in Kenton County have indicated that using inter-municipal cooperation to change the contracting method from the sixteen cities individually contracting to the cities contracting as one unit (inter-municipal cooperation) will not decrease the cost of waste collection per household per year. Inter-municipal cooperation might still be appropriate given other criteria, such as equity, ensuring that all households have the same or similar waste collection services.

This study recommends that (1) the cities of Kenton County not proceed with providing waste collection services through inter-municipal cooperation with the intent to decrease per household per year cost of waste collection, and (2) study expected costs of providing other services through inter-municipal cooperation before making the assumption that it will decrease costs.