Interlocal Advisory Center
Reference tools to assist in researching the feasibility of establishing and the process of implementing and maintaining shared service agreements.
Library of Sample Agreements
- A library of resolutions and agreements from municipalities throughout New Jersey; searchable by category or municipality.
- The Norcross Bill is known as the Common Sense Shared Service Act. P.L. 2013, c.166 (PDF).
- Amendments made to the original Uniformed Shared Service Bill (NJSA 40A:65-1 to 40A:65-34) are as follows:
- 2007 Chapter Laws: A15 (PDF) which establishes the "Local Unit Alignment, Reorganization and Consolidation Commission" and measures for local government efficiency. A4 (PDF) which implements CORE proposals, user friendly budgets and a revision of title and duties for county superintendents of schools.
- Consolidated Municipal Services Act (NJSA 40:48B)
Local Unit Alignment, Reorganization & Consolidation Commission (LUARCC)
The Local Unit Alignment, Reorganization and Consolidation Commission, or LUARCC, was established in 2007 study and report on the structure and functions of county and municipal government. Visit this page for information on the Commission, its members and additional resources. View a listing of LUARRC publications.
- Shared Services Resources: A listing of resources provided by the NJ Department of Local Government Services; including the cover sheet for submitting agreements to the NJDCA.
- The Pros and Cons of Sharing Services (PDF): A copy of the PowerPoint presented during a 2013 NJLM Annual Conference session.
- How to Perform a Shared/Consolidation Review: A step guide in performing a shared services feasibility study. Written by Bob Casey, Member of LUARCC and published in NJ Municipalities magazine. Volume 86, No. 5, May 2009.
- Joint Legislative Committee on Government Consolidation and Shared Services
- Shared Services and Municipal Efficiencies (PowerPoint)
- Shared Services and Municipal Consolidation: Pursuing Careful Assumptions and Grounded Studies (PDF): A whitepaper published by the NJLMEF on municipal consolidation.
- Reducing Property Taxes by Reducing Local Costs of State Mandates
- Q&A with the League's Shared Services Consultant: Gregory Fehrenbach's answers to basic questions on sharing services.
- Suggestions to further Intra and Inter-local Cooperation
- Strengthening Relationships through School/Municipal Partnerships (PDF): PowerPoint presentation from a 2006 League Conference session.
- Interlocal Cooperation Success Stories (PDF): NJSSA PowerPoint presentation presented during a 2008 League Conference session on
- Shared Services in School Districts: Created by the New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA), an area where school districts can share successful initiatives.
- The Relationship of the Cost of Local Government and Municipal Size in New Jersey (PDF): A white paper published by the NJLMEF December 2014.
- The Art of the Possible: School Board/Municipal Government Cooperation (PDF): This publication discusses some of the challenges and benefits of sharing services between school boards and local governments. It also discusses the results of a study conducted, and makes recommendations for the implementation of shared services. Please note that although this publication was originally published in 1982, many of the issues discussed are still relevant today.
In the News
- Lake Cuomo Police Department Closed and Contracted to Belmar, May 11, 2016
- Sea Bright Examines Whether to Consolidate with Neighboring Towns, June 4, 2014
- Despite Push by Christie and Other Officials, New Jersey Not Yet Embracing Municipal Government Consolidation: Support for Municipal Consolidation Has Declined Since 2010, Rutgers Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling, April 22, 2014
- Rutgers Professors Say Merging NJ. Towns Unlikely to Save Money, Newsworks, April 6, 2014
- Bordentown Township Committee to Introduce Proposal to Share Lawn Maintenance With School District, June 24, 2013
- Galloway Township Approves Manager-Sharing Plan With Absecon, June 25, 2013
- Tax Assessment Improvement Program to Test at Shore, February 4, 2013
- To Fight Crime, a Poor City Will Trade In Its Police, September 28, 2012
- Princetons Make History, February, 2012
- Two Municipalities Being Added to Shared Court in Clinton Township, September 26, 2012
- East Amwell, West Amwell and Lambertville to Share Animal Control Officer, January 4, 2012
- Camden County to Form Regional Police Department, New Jersey-Real Time News, August 2, 2011