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By Alise Roderer | November 19th, 2012 - 5:51pm
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SWEENEY/KYRILLOS SHARED SERVICES REFORM LEGISLATION CLEARS SENATE COMMITTEE

Reform Would Make Government More Efficient, Create Taxpayer Savings

TRENTON: Legislation sponsored by Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-Gloucester, Cumberland, Salem) and Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) that would promote taxpayer savings through the creation of greater efficiencies within government cleared the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee today.

“If governments don’t wish to run their towns more cost-effectively, there is no reason the taxpayers of New Jersey should have to foot their bill,” said Sweeney. “It is time we start providing the necessary incentives to get us moving on shared services. Towns can share services with each other while not losing their individual identity or the uniqueness of their communities. The bottom line is that the taxpayers of this state need a break and shared services is one way to give it to them.”

“While the 2% property tax cap is working very well and slowing the growth in local levies, we remain at the top of all 50 states in terms of property taxes,” said Kyrillos. “That is intolerable, and will only change if we make bold moves to eliminate unnecessary layers of government that cost taxpayers across our state hundreds of millions of dollars. State aid to municipalities cannot continue to subsidize inefficiency and waste.”

The legislation, S-2, would require New Jersey’s Local Unit Alignment, Reorganization, and Consolidation Commission (LUARCC) to study municipal governments to determine where taxpayer dollars could be saved through sharing of services. If the study shows that a savings can be realized through sharing that service in one or more local governments or departments, the question of whether to do so or not would be put to a public referendum in all municipalities involved, assuming those municipalities do not enter into a shared services agreement on their own. If the towns involved fail to either enter into a shared services agreement or pass the proposal by public referendum, they would be subject to losing state aid in the amount equal to what they would have saved had they shared the service. If one town approves it but another denies it, only the town that denied it would lose aid.

The bill would also make it easier for municipalities that choose to share services to reorganize civil service employees, creating greater efficiency. This would address a concern raised by local government leaders that civil service rules serve as a barrier to sharing services. In putting together the legislation, the bill sponsors met with numerous local elected officials who provided valuable input on the issue of shared services.

The legislation now moves to the full Senate.

 

Contact Info: 

Chris Donnelly
NJ Senate Democratic Office
609-847-3700

Adam Bauer
NJ Senate Republican Office
609-847-3600

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