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Sweeney Legislation Creating Taxpayer Savings & More Efficient Government Clears Committee

Would Allow Counties To Share Tax Administrators

TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-Gloucester, Salem, Cumberland) that would allow counties to share county tax administrators cleared the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee today.

“Given the current economic climate of the state, government should be doing everything it can to reduce the burden on property tax payers,” said Sweeney. “Shared services are one common sense way we can do that. There is simply too much government in New Jersey and we need to run things more efficiently and at a lower cost.”

The bill, S1694, would permit two or more adjoining counties to enter into a shared services agreement for a county tax administrator and clerical assistants associated with the administrator. The bill would allow the counties to determine the annual salary of the administrator and assistants according to the combined population of the participating counties. It would not change current rules that counties adhere to minimum salary requirements.

Current state law requires each county to appoint their own individual tax administrator. This legislation would supersede that, creating greater government efficiency and reducing costs to the taxpayer.

The legislation now heads to the Senate floor.