For more than 90 years, state law has allowed public agencies to work together by signing joint powers agreements (JPAs). These agreements allow the public entities to combine their powers and resources to work together on a common problem or goal. A Joint Powers Authority is a new, separate government organization created by member entities to work for the common good of all entities, but is legally separate from them.
JPAs are beneficial because the sharing of resources and the combining of services of member agencies save both time and money. Joining a JPA means that your organization can:
- Cut costs
- Be more efficient
- Reduce overlapping/extraneous services
- Share resources
The organization cuts costs by pooling their resources and sharing their risk exposure with other entities, thus costing less per entity because of the greater amount of shared resources. For school districts joining a JPA, they will be able to reduce extraneous services and become more efficient because risk management and insurance coverage/claims will be handled through the JPA instead of individually through each district