For Immediate Release:
April 23, 2012
Shared Services expands savings
to 5 more towns
Agreements also yield $650,000
in new recurring revenues for county
FREEHOLD, NJ – The Monmouth County Office of Shared Services has announced additional partnerships with several municipalities to perform municipal dispatch services. The additions of Deal, Spring Lake, Avon, Neptune and Neptune City will deliver more than $650,000 in new recurring revenues to county government.
“This will directly result in tremendous savings at the local level while, at the same time, increase revenue for county government,” said Freeholder Deputy Director Thomas A. Arnone, who oversees the county’s shared services efforts. “These shared services agreements create municipal savings and revenue for the county that help local and county government keep taxes at a minimum.”
The ability to provide dispatch services for these towns was made possible by the creation of the Shore Area Communications Center (SACC) located on Route 33 in Neptune, which opened in September.
“The demand for this shared service far exceeded the county’s capacity,” said Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden, who oversees the county dispatch program. “With the support of the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, we opened the SACC which allows us to take on more municipalities immediately, resulting in increased and more immediate savings to the local taxpayer.”
With the support of the freeholders, the Office of Shared Services has become the most active and progressive shared services agency in the state with about 100 shared services agreements with local municipalities. “By working in concert with Freeholder Deputy Director Arnone, Sheriff Golden and the freeholder board, the Office of Shared Services has developed a comprehensive plan that has resulted in significant savings for towns and raised millions in recurring revenues to help offset expenses,” said Stephen G. Callas, director of the Office of Shared Services.
The $650,000 in new recurring revenue to the county is an addition to the more than $2.1 million in recurring annual revenues reported from dispatch shared services in 2011.
“Shared Services continues to deliver the revenues required to offset the current decline in county property values,” Freeholder Lillian G. Burry said. “This allows the county to hold the line on taxes. Due to the continued success of the program, we are able to provide the county with an annual recurring revenue stream that will continue to grow with the expansion of shared services activity.”
“Shared services produce savings that directly benefits the county, the municipality, and most importantly, the taxpayers of Monmouth County,” Arnone said.
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