TRENTON – Two bills encouraging shared services and municipal consolidation were passed in the Assembly today.
The first, A3587 (replaced by S2465), permits combination of voter petitions and application by a municipal governing body for approval of the Municipal Consolidation Study Commission by the Local Finance Board, in effect easing the process to have a study completed.
The bill is in response to a Cherry Hill-Merchantville consolidation study that was struck down because the methods of request were not consistent with the law.
It’s sponsored by Assemblywoman Connie Wagner, (D-38), of Paramus, and the Assembly passed it, 77-0.
The other bill, A3668, authorizes certain municipalities to establish the municipal shared services energy company.
Sponsored by Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula, (D-17), of Franklin Twp., the measure passed, 76-0-2.
Assemblyman Sam Thompson, (R-13), of Old Bridge, asked for an amendment, but was overruled.
”There is no agency or anything else that has any oversight over this company that is formed,” he said. “We have seen what happens to authorities without any oversight.”