Moving daily operation to private firm will save $572,000 annually
FREEHOLD, NJ – In a move that will save county taxpayers more than $572,000 annually, the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders voted unanimously last night to privatize the daily operation of four county-owned drawbridges.
The county hired Drawbridge Services Inc.,
“As stewards of county tax dollars, it is incumbent upon the freeholders to make sure tax monies are being spent in the most efficient manner,” said Freeholder Deputy Director John P. Curley, liaison to the Department of Public Works and Engineering, which oversees bridge operations. “Some county services are better handled by the private sector, and this happens to be one of them.”
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“Our employees come first and foremost,” Curley said. “We know they have financial obligations and that has made this a difficult decision. It is the Board’s desire that any current bridge tender not hired by Drawbridge Inc. be given the opportunity to interview for vacancies in all county departments.”
County-owned bridges affected by the move are the
Hiring a private firm to operate the bridges will save $572,270 per year. The privatization of movable bridges is consistent with the national trend. With this contract, Monmouth County will be the first agency in New Jersey, local or state, to privatize this service.
The total personnel assigned to operate the bridges now include four chief bridge operators, 19 bridge operators and five bridge attendants.