Legislation sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman that would require shared service agreements between local governments to include additional provisions was advanced by the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee.
Legislation sponsored by Sen. Kip Bateman that would require shared service agreements between local governments to include additional provisions was approved by the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee. (SenateNJ.com)
“We need to give local governments and municipalities every opportunity to share services in order to eliminate redundancies, reduce costs, and lessen the burden on taxpayers,” said Bateman (R-16). “My legislation will strengthen the service agreements between municipalities so that they can effectively and efficiently provide important services for their residents.”
The bill, S-245, would require that shared service agreements between local governments or municipalities include several additional provisions. In addition to provisions required under current law, the bill would require each agreement to include:
- Performance evaluation criteria;
- Procedures for determining any fee adjustments;
- Alternative dispute resolution procedures; and
- Exit procedures to govern the dissolution of the agreement.
“During these difficult times, when municipalities have had to reduce costs due to the pandemic, we need to give towns the tools they need to help them in their efforts,” added Bateman. “By adding these additional requirements, local governments can avoid, and more easily resolve, potential issues that may arise over the course of their agreement.”
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