Topeka The state's top official and representatives from cities and counties signed an agreement Tuesday forming the Kansas Collaborative, which is aimed at increasing government efficiency.
"Whenever we can reduce overlap, we'll save taxpayers money," Gov. Kathleen Sebelius said.
By bringing local governments into state contracts, she said many cities and counties have been able to lower health care, computer and jail expenses, she said.
Randall Allen, executive director of the Kansas Association of Counties, said, "Kansans rightfully expect state and local governments (to) work together effectively and efficiently."
He said the agreement between the state and the local governmental associations represented a commitment to solve problems.