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Rural/urban cost sharing

AUMA and AAMDC developed the cost sharing toolkit based on the Rural/Urban Cost-sharing Task Force Report entitled Cost-sharing for success: a pro-active approach.

Although the cost-sharing report and tool kit has limitations, we believe that the principles, practices and resources it contains will improve the potential for success in municipal cost-sharing agreements.

Cost-sharing agreements allow municipalities to determine the most appropriate solutions for local needs, recognizing that collaborative initiatives provide a stronger, united voice and a greater opportunity to influence other orders of government.

We hope you’ll find these documents useful, and that if cost-sharing initiatives are right for your municipality and your region, you’ll update us on your progress.

Rural Urban Cost-Sharing Workbook 

This Workbook presents questions and provides guidance in a step-by-step for users looking to develop and implement a cost-sharing initiative. It is organized using the following stages of a cost-sharing initiative:

  • Relationship-building
  • Research and Preparation
  • Agreement Selection
  • Negotiation
  • Implementation and Communications
  • Monitoring and Evaluation

The stages can overlap, and some tasks can be carried out in a different order than what appears here. The workbook is not intended to provide a strict, step-by-step process that must be followed in order to achieve a cost-sharing agreement, but instead offers suggestions that can help guide you through the process of developing and implementing a cost-sharing agreement.