Lampitt, Moriarty bill champions shared services between towns

TRENTON —Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt, (D-6), Camden and Assemblyman Paul Moriarty (D-4), Gloucester announced Thursday the introduction of a bill designed to save tax dollars by promoting shared services by municipal governments.

The bill, A3918, – the Assembly companion to legislation sponsored by Senate President Steve Sweeney – would create consequences for towns that refuse to pursue shared services.

Under the legislation, the New Jersey Local Unit Alignment, Reorganization and Consolidation Commission (LUARCC) would identify potential tax savings through shared services by studying local government entities, including county, municipal and school governing bodies.  If a study identified potential savings in the form of shared services, these entities would face a public referendum on implementation.  Towns that fail to pass or refuse to implement the savings would face a loss in state aid equal to the savings proposed by the service sharing.

“The time is now for shared services,” Lampitt said in a release.  “This legislation will save taxpayer dollars, reduce redundancies, and promote more cost-effective governments.” 

And Moriarty said: “The state offers plenty of ‘carrots’ for local governments to share services.  This legislation adds a ‘stick’ to those incentives, letting towns know that if they choose inefficiencies over saving tax dollars, they’ll face consequences for that choice.”

Lampitt, Moriarty bill champions shared services between towns