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Local reps commended for sponsoring new law

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Local reps commended for sponsoring new law

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Joann Downey and Eric Houghtaling, the 11th District representatives to the New Jersey Assembly, have long argued for efficiencies via pooling resources to drive down property taxes.

Consistent with their position, Assemblywoman Downey and Assemblyman Houghtaling introduced A-1100/S-1586, a bill that adds Monmouth and Atlantic counties as pilot counties to the “Common Sense Shared Services Pilot Program.”

This bill, which was signed into law, encourages municipalities in pilot counties to enter into shared services agreements with tenured local employees and provide for the dismissal of tenured employees who were not selected as service providers under the shared service agreements.

This bill is also in line with Gov. Phil Murphy’s advocacy for more shared services agreements among local governments as part of his administration’s move to assist in reducing the tax burden in New Jersey.

Assemblywoman Downey and Assemblyman Houghtaling have been working hard for us and provide the kind of representation we need to have continue in New Jersey.

Margaret S. Beekman

Freehold Township


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It is interesting to note that even before this, many municipalities have already been at work on shared services. It has, so far, not done all that much for property taxes because municipal taxes are almost the lowest piece of the property tax bill. The only way to truly lower property taxes us to eliminate the oppressive school taxes by regionalizing districts. Imagine a single administration to cover a much wider area, rather than all these expensive little fiefdoms, contracts that would cover many more employees and allow teachers the ability to move and not lose that precious, yet outdated, tenure, and so many other things. It does work in other states with very similar outcomes. It would not change the way our children are taught and, if anyone thinks the opposite, apparently they do not trust their teachers currently teaching their children. However, this type of legislation would be harder to pull off as legislators would fear losing that all-important NJEA PAC money and many of the brainwashed voters have been made to believe that "home rule" is best, which it is not.

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