Time for A closer look at “Shared Services”
April 15th 2014
After reading comments from Village personal made on this blog the last several weeks it would seem a closer look at “shared services ” is an idea whose time has come .
The New Jersey Shared Services Association (NJSSA) is a non-profit association that proactively promotes increased efficiency in the delivery of services, while reducing the costs of local government. NJSSA members focus in the areas of advocacy, policy development, and education; while offering non-partisan advisory services to all local public entities and selected non-profit associations.
In 2007, Middlesex County Freeholder H. James Polos, recognized statewide as long time advocate for shared services, brought together the county shared services coordinators in New Jersey with the purpose of establishing a statewide professional association. The vision was to create an opportunity for improved communication among the coordinators, sharing of information, professional development and advocacy for shared services.
Established in 2008, the New Jersey Shared Services Association (NJSSA) is a non-profit 501(c)3 association that proactively promotes increased efficiency in the delivery of services, while reducing the costs of local government. NJSSA members focus in the areas of advocacy, policy development, and education; while offering non-partisan advisory services to all local public entities and selected non-profit associations.
The overall goal of the NJSSA is to establish substantial and long-term shared service agreements throughout NJ counties and municipalities to help reduce the cost of local government to the taxpayers and improve the availability and efficiency of government services.
NJSSA consists of representatives from across NJ counties with 17 out of 21 counties participating in the NJ Department of Community Affairs, Division of Local Government Services Share Grant Program, which funds a 3-year start-up position for a county Office of Shared Services.
The NJSSA members work to identify areas where county and local government can work collaboratively to combine resources for more efficient service delivery while at the same time helping to lower capital and operating costs for participating government entities, resulting in relief to local taxpayers.
Services Currently Being Shared
• Information Technology (IT)
• Centralized Police Dispatch, 911 Emergency Communications
• Consolidation of Public Work Facilities & Departments
• Animal Control / Animal Shelters
• Mosquito Control & Gypsy Moth Spraying
• County Records Management /Retention for Municipalities
• Transportation Resources for the Disadvantaged and Elderly
• Countywide Fleet Maintenance & Purchasing
• Regional Vehicle Wash Facilities
• Parks and Recreation Facilities / Staff and Maintenance
• Police Protection Mergers
• Countywide Tax Assessments and Revaluations
• Countywide Storm & Wastewater Management
• County Health Department / Regionalized Health Services
• County Library System
• County Sponsored Municipal Job Fairs
• Shared School District Superintendents and Personnel
• Customized Training Programs
• County Recycling Programs
• County Landfill
• Police and Fire Training Academies
• Regional Planning and Economic Development
• GIS ( Geographical Information Systems)
• Coop Purchasing Programs
• Weights and Measures