Riverhead Approves Intermunicipal Agreements

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To bolster fiscal stability and create savings for all taxpayers, the Riverhead Central School District has entered into several intermunicipal agreements for shared services with neighboring and overlapping taxing districts.

The agreements, approved by the board of education on June 19, include permitting 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 to utilize the Riverhead Central School District’s fueling pumps at its Transportation Center.   

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 its 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. 

“These shared service agreements are a win/win,” said Riverhead CSD Board President Gregory M. 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 Riverhead Central School District will continue to explore additional shared services in an effort to promote cooperation and tax savings for its residents.