Shared-services pilot effort signed into law

TRENTON – A bill to permit a shared-services pilot program has been signed into law.

S533 will set up an initiative to allow locally shared services in five counties: Warren, Camden, Sussex, Morris and Ocean.

One of the key aspects of the bill is that tenured workers – tax collectors, treasurers, clerks, and others –  will not be able to block efficiencies.

“We have to get creative about saving our taxpayers money. Sharing services is an effective way streamline government while cutting costs to residents,” said sponsor Sen. Donald Norcross, (D-5), Camden. “This law supports local efforts to adjust to current economic realities without sacrificing the services municipalities provide to their constituents.”

The bill came out of a situation in Camden County in which two towns – Magnolia and Audubon – engaged in a shared services agreement. A tenured clerk in Audubon was ousted, sued and won, forcing Audubon to rehire the worker.

The bill passed by overwhelming majorities in both chambers of the Legislature.

Shared-services pilot effort signed into law