County governments could save a combined $208 million in 2018 with the shared services proposals that were unveiled this week in Albany.

All together, 34 counties out of 57 have adopted a plan by Sept. 15. The remaining counties will adopt plans by Sept. 15 of next year, based on legislation approved in the state budget in April.

“The first round of the local shared services program has gotten results with plans across the state projecting reductions in property taxes, finding efficiencies, and achieving better coordination among local governments across the state,” said Jim Malatras, the president of the Rockefeller Institute of Government. “The process has promise for future efforts because it has laid the foundation for better coordination and cooperation among local governments.”

The counties with the highest savings for the first year include Nassau County with $13.5 million and Broome County with $20.3 million. Suffolk County will save $16.5 million and Dtucehss County $15.2 million.

In the out-years, Suffolk County will save $20.9 million, with Dutchess saving $12.5 million.

“It’s critical for New York that counties and other local governments have embraced intergovernmental collaboration and are working together to create economies that will result in savings and improved services for their taxpayers,” said Gerald Benjamin, director of the Benjamin Center at SUNY New Paltz.

The shared service plans had been pushed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo as a means of controlling the local property tax burden. Local government officials have chaffed, though, at the claims that the proliferation of governments and taxing districts has led to high taxes, instead placing the blame on the mandated spending placed on them by Albany.