February 6, 2020 | Number of The Day
Shared services agreements between neighboring communities in NJ since early 2019

The Murphy administration is squarely behind neighboring municipalities in New Jersey sharing services. What’s devoutly being hoped for is that more sharing will lead to reduced property taxes and a more efficient delivery of public services.

That’s why Gov. Phil Murphy appointed two “czars” (former mayors Nicolas Platt and Jordan Glatt) to push the sharing trend. And that’s why the Department of Community Affairs rolled out an online Shared Services Portal in winter 2018. Yesterday, the administration trumpeted a milestone: 1,000 shared services agreements have been reached since early 2019, shortly after the shared services czars were appointed.

Examples of the shared services agreements include:

  • Carneys Point and Pennsville in Salem County recently began sharing a court system, which will save them $560,000 over three years;
  • In Bergen County, Rivervale and Montvale recently reached a public works agreement that will collectively save taxpayers $6 million over 10 years;
  • Woolwich in Gloucester County has reached a trash and recycling agreement with nearby Logan Township that will save $65,000 a year — and once the new receptacles are paid for, it will save them upward of $100,000 a year. Woolwich also entered a police and courts agreement with South Harrison that will save taxpayers about $40,000 a year;
  • All 53 municipalities in Monmouth County share some type of service with the county, including the Sheriff’s Office 911 Communications Center, which is a hub for countywide emergency services;
  • Union County has added three additional towns in its countywide shared emergency dispatch for fire and EMS, saving taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars annually while providing access to improved technology.