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Meeting will lead to more meetings

IGWG leaders coordinate the island’s many public agencies.

None donned chef hats.

Still, leaders from various island taxing authorities on Monday began the prep-work for what they hope will be a delightful pot of government stew.

“A good cook understands that not only do you need to be attentive to the front burner, but also to the back and side burners as well,” said School District Superintendent Ken Crawford, one of a dozen leaders gathered at City Hall for a meeting of the Intergovernmental Work Group.

The group’s ultimate goal is to better coordinate the separate efforts bubbling on the burners of island taxing authorities – the city, the library, and the school, park, sewer and fire districts.

No decisions were made Monday, but leaders began building a new framework toward greater coordination by defining goals and identifying deficiencies in the existing system.

Participants included the mayor, two city councilors, the fire and police chiefs, library officials, and park, school and fire board members.

The group got its first look at an updated IGWG tax model, which combines the capital plans of each government into a single, detailed financial document.

The model, which is updated as planning progresses, aims to help individuals calculate their share of the local tax burden.

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