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Special Session on Property Tax Reform
   

JOINT LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT CONSOLIDATION AND SHARED SERVICES


    FINAL REPORT - issued November 15, 2006, revised December 1, 2006
    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY


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Establishment

The Joint Legislative Committee on Government Consolidation and Shared Services was created by Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 3. It is the duty of the committee to review and formulate proposals that address the sharing of services and regionalization of functions at all levels of government. As a basis for these deliberations, the committee will use the CORE agenda proposed by the Speaker of the General Assembly. In addition, the committee will consider proposals to consolidate or eliminate State agency functions and State agencies or commissions.

Committee Members

Senator Bob Smith  -  Co-Chair
Assemblyman John S. Wisniewski  -  Co-Chair
Assemblyman Robert M. Gordon
Senator Ellen Karcher
Senator Joseph M. Kyrillos Jr.
Assemblyman Joseph R. Malone III

Committee Aides

Joseph J. Blaney, OLS Aide (609) 984-6843  
Brian McCord, OLS Aide (609) 292-1596 
Julius Bailey, Senate Democratic Aide (609) 292-5215
Patrick Gillespie, Senate Democratic Aide (609) 292-5215
Nicole DeCostello, Senate Republican Aide (609) 292-5199
Rosemary Pramuk, Senate Republican Aide (609) 292-5199
Hannah Shostack, Assembly Democratic Aide (609) 292-7065
Kate McDonnell, Assembly Democratic Aide (609) 292-7065
Thea M. Sheridan, Assembly Republican Aide (609) 292-5339


Reports
    FINAL REPORT - issued November 15, 2006, revised December 1, 2006

    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY


Meeting Transcripts
    Transcription of Committee Meeting   -   8/8/2006

    Transcription of Committee Meeting   -   8/30/2006

    Transcription of Committee Meeting   -   9/6/2006

    Transcription of Committee Meeting   -   9/13/2006

    Transcription of Committee Meeting   -   9/27/2006

    Transcription of Committee Meeting   -   10/4/2006

    Transcription of Committee Meeting   -   10/11/2006

    Transcription of Committee Meeting   -   10/18/2006

    Transcription of Committee Meeting   -   10/25/2006

    Transcription of Public Hearing   -   10/26/2006

    Transcription of Public Hearing   -   11/1/2006

    Transcription of Public Hearing   -   11/9/2006

    Transcription of Committee Meeting   -   11/20/2006

    Transcription of Committee Meeting   -   12/7/2006


Written Testimony Submitted to Committee
    December 7, 2006

    November 9, 2006

    October 26, 2006

    November1, 2006

    October 25, 2006

    October 18, 2006

    October 11, 2006

    September 27, 2006

    October 4, 2006

    August 8, 2006

    September 13, 2006

    September 6, 2006

    August 30, 2006


Resources
    A Plan for School District Consolidation in New Jersey, 2002-2003 Update   -   8/30/2006
     Prepared by Ernest C. Reock, Jr., Professor Emeritus, Rutgers University
    List of Research Resources Provided for the JOINT LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT CONSOLIDATION AND SHARED SERVICES   -   8/8/2006
     Compiled by the Office of Legislative Services
    Response to Questions Raised by the Committee at the September 13, 2006 Meeting   -   10/5/2006
     Prepared by David W. Gruber, Senior Assistant Commissioner, Health Infrastrucutre Preparedness and Emergency Response, NJ Department of Health and Senior Services

Presentations
    Local Government Consolidation and Shared Services   -   10/25/2006
     Presented by Keon S. Chi, Council of State Governments
    Privatization   -   10/25/2006
     Presented by Keon S. Chi, Council of State Governments
    Shared Services   -   10/25/2006
     Presented by Smart and Associates, Devon PA
    Consolidation, Regionalization, and Shared Services: Streamlining Government Functions   -   8/8/2006
     Presented by the Office of Legislative Services
    Shared Services and Municipal Efficiencies   -   8/30/2006
     Presented by Dr. Marc Holzer, Dean of the School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University - Newark
    New Jersey Local Public Health Services   -   9/13/2006
     Presented by David W. Gruber, Senior Assistant Commissioner, Health Infrastrucutre Preparedness and Emergency Response, NJ Department of Health and Senior Services
    Pennsylvania Regional Educational Service Agencies   -   9/13/2006
     Presented by Dr. John Baillie, Executive Director, Chester County Intermediate Unit, Chester County, Pennsylvania

The following legislation relevant to the topics being studied by this special committee has been introduced in the 2006-07 legislative session

MUNICIPAL CONSOLIDATION AND SHARED SERVICES
 
    A50 Creates Municipal Efficiency Promotion Aid Program in DCA.
 
    A51 "Uniform Shared Services and Consolidation Act."
 
    A52 Moves fire district elections to November general election date; revises budget approval procedures and imposes spending cap.
 
    A53 Provides for the election of school board members at November general election and eliminates vote on school budgets except for seperate proposals to spend above cap which will also occur at general election.
 
    A54 Revises title and duties of county superintendent of schools.
 
    A55 Requires increased public disclosure of certain local and school district budget information.
 
    A357 Allows counties, municipalities and school districts to join with the State under certain circumstances for provision of alternative electrical energy systems. *
 
    S351 Allows counties, municipalities and school districts to join with the State under certain circumstances for acquisition of alternative electrical energy systems.
 
    A371 Grandfathers pre-1997 interlocal services agreements into Regional Efficiency Aid Program.
 
    S868 Grandfathers pre-1997 interlocal services agreements into Regional Efficiency Aid Program.
 
    A416 Establishes program to promote consolidation of municipalities, regionalization of school districts and shared services through enhanced homeowners' rebates.
 
    S864 Establishes program to promote consolidation of municipalities, regionalization of school districts and shared services through enhanced homeowners' rebates.
 
    A845 Requires the Commissioner of Education to study and recommend a plan to implement a centralized Statewide instructional materials purchasing system.
 
    A939 Creates commission to study effectiveness of county government; appropriates $95,000.
 
    A1201 Permits nonpartisan municipal elections to be held on same day as general election.
 
    A1259 Requires the consolidation of administrative services of certain school districts.
 
    A1329 Allows school boards and certain school board contractors to purchase gasoline and diesel fuel under State contract.
 
    A1567 Provides for the election of school board members at November general election.
 
    S708 Provides for the election of school board members at November general election.
 
    A1571 Establishes the County School District Feasibility Study Commission.
 
    A1678 Extends textbook sharing program to include all school equipment.
 
    A1867 Requires small school districts to share superintendents and school business administrators under certain circumstances.
 
    AJR108 Creates Property Tax Collection Consolidation Study Commission.
 
    S226 Changes date of election of school board members and special school elections and eliminates school budget elections.
 
    S403 Establishes regional purchasing units for school districts.
 
    S913 Establishes pilot program to study feasibility of regionalization of certain school districts; appropriates $150,000.
 
    S1067 Establishes three regional superintendents of schools and eliminates the position of county superintendent of schools.
 
    S1187 Changes date for election of fire district commissioners from third Saturday in February to day of general election.
 
    S1188 Moves school, fire district and certain municipal elections to date of nonpartisan municipal elections.
 
    S1448 Allows certain public entities to join with State under certain circumstances for purchase of certain energy services for their facilities.
 
    S1546 Provides for the election of school board members at November general election and eliminates vote on school budgets except for separate proposals to spend above cap which will also occur at general election. *
 
    S1583 Brings fire districts under spending limitations.
 
    S1590 Establishes grant program in Department of Education to help single-building public school districts commission regionalization studies; appropriates $4,000,000.
 
    S1716 Requires the State to pay all costs for operation of the Office of the County Superintendent of Schools.
 
    S1770 Establishes the School District Governance Study Commission.
 
    AJR69 Establishes "Municipal Alignment Reorganization and Consolidation Commission" to develop plan to consolidate pairs and groups of municipalities.
 
    SJR47 Establishes "Municipal Alignment Reorganization and Consolidation Commission" to develop plan to consolidate pairs and groups of municipalities.
 
    S2244 Requires holding of binding Statewide referendum by county on whether responsibility for certain municipal functions should be assumed by county government; repeals various sections of law concerning transfer or termination of employees of terminated local health agency.

REGIONALIZATION AND/OR CONSOLIDATION OF SCHOOLS AND SCHOOL DISTRICTS
 
    A416 Establishes program to promote consolidation of municipalities, regionalization of school districts and shared services through enhanced homeowners' rebates.
 
    S864 Establishes program to promote consolidation of municipalities, regionalization of school districts and shared services through enhanced homeowners' rebates.
 
    A1259 Requires the consolidation of administrative services of certain school districts.
 
    A1571 Establishes the County School District Feasibility Study Commission.
 
    A1867 Requires small school districts to share superintendents and school business administrators under certain circumstances.
 
    A1984 Requires the Commissioner of Education to study the issue of school district consolidation and to develop a plan to eliminate local school districts and establish a county-based educational system.
 
    A1986 The "Public School Employee Collective Bargaining Reform Act."
 
    A2221 Establishes pilot program to study feasibility of regionalization of certain school districts; appropriates $150,000.
 
    A2279 Establishes grant program for school districts to develop in-district and collaborative special education programs and services to reduce need to place classified students out-of-district.
 
    S1702 Establishes grant program for school districts to develop in-district and collaborative special education programs and services to reduce need to place classified students out-of-district.
 
    S577 Establishes County School Business Boards and Abbott Regional School Business Boards to assume certain school district business services and functions.
 
    S1590 Establishes grant program in Department of Education to help single-building public school districts commission regionalization studies; appropriates $4,000,000.
 
    S2266 Provides for submission to voters in each county a binding referendum on the establishment of a county administrative school district to govern and operate all public schools in the county.
 
    S2267 Establishes governance structure for county administrative school districts.

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