We received some very positive feedback from our recent shared services survey of our municipal and school partners which we will be using in our outreach efforts in the New Year. Now that we are going into our fourth year of our shared service program, it was important for us to gauge the program’s success and its effect on our municipalities. This will also help us streamline our operations to best fit the current needs of the community.

Survey Results

  • 96% stated shared services have decreased their costs.
  • 96.3% stated they are likely to increase their shared services activity in the coming year.
  • 88% stated they now engage in between 1-10 different shared services.
  • 12% stated they engage in over 10 different areas of shared services.
  • The most active areas of shared services by volume include:
  • Cooperative Purchasing                     40%
  • Public Works                                      35%
  • 911 Dispatch                                      25%
  • Property Tax Assessment                10%
  • Information Technology                      15%
  • 100% of respondents stated shared services have increased efficiencies in the delivery of services.
  • 32% of respondents stated they have saved $100,000 to $250,000 thus far from engaging in shared services.
  • 12% of respondents stated they have saved $250,000 to over $500,000 thus far.

            These are extremely positive results. This exciting news indicates a very large increase in interest and ongoing savings to our municipalities and taxpayers alike. I know that the entire Board of Chosen Freeholders joins me in saying that we could not be more proud of our county’s shared services initiative and the way in which our municipalities have benefited tremendously by taking advantage of all the savings that Monmouth County has to offer. It is with much enthusiasm we look forward to continued success as we make further strides and progress in 2014.

            Other news in Monmouth County, the 3rd annual “Made In Monmouth” event is set to be held on April 12, 2014 at Monmouth University. This is a great event for our Monmouth County vendors who make and/or create products in Monmouth County. It gives our vendors an opportunity to showcase and sell their many beautiful products. We encourage any business that makes a product in Monmouth County to contact the Department of Economic Development at (732) 431-7470 for more information on the event and on how they can register. Let’s help strengthen our county by showing support for our local vendors by attending this worthwhile fun-filled event!

           

Thomas A. Arnone
Freeholder Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders