Cooperative Efforts = Efficient & Effective Government
Pennsylvania local government can be very fragmented and inefficient but cooperative ventures among municipalities usually saves tax dollars while providing for more effective programs administered by more qualified staff. The Intermunicipal Relations Committee (IRC) has been a great example. The four mandated recycling municipalities could never have afforded to each hire a qualified recycling manager, but together they could administer their program effectively and efficiently. Several other agencies have addressed other local government responsibilities.
Other Intermunicipal Programs & Agencies
- Central Blair Recreation Commission - A cooperative effort of the City of Altoona, Logan Township and the Altoona Area School District, the commission overseas parks and recreation programs in the Greater Altoona area.
- Blair County Sanitary Adminstrative Committee - This committee oversees on-lot septic system permitting and enforcement and includes most of the municipalities in the county.
- AMTRAN (Altoona Metro Transit Bus Authority) - Evolving from the old Altoona and Logan Valley Electric Railway Company, the bus authority provides bus transportation throughout the Greater Altoona area.
- Altoona Water Authority - The Altoona Water Authority provides water and sewer service to a number of central Blair County communities and partners with several other authorities and municipalities.
- Blair County Library System - The Blair County Library System is a cooperative effort of the eight public libraries and ther supporting school districts and offer inter-library lending in addition to meeting rooms and literacy and community programs.