taxes doubled from 1980 to 1989; and
1991 property tax relief program decreased or stabilized property
taxes in most municipalities and counties; and
governments still face pressure on their budgets; and
are numerous opportunities for cost savings by sharing local government
exists an urgent need to improve efficiency in the providing of
local government services in order that these services may continue
without interruption or elimination; and
service agreements will serve to improve efficiency so as to ensure
the continued vitality and viability of certain local government
I, JAMES J. FLORIO, Governor of the State of New Jersey, by virtue
of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and by the Statutes
of this State, do hereby ORDER and DIRECT:
is hereby established the Governor's Task Force on Local Partnerships
(hereinafter referred to as the Task Force) to identify ways in
which more inter-local service agreements can occur in New Jersey
to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the delivery of
certain local government services. The Task Force should consider
services delivered by municipalities, counties, and regional authorities.
2. The Task
Force shall consist of the Commissioner of the Department of Community
Affairs; a member of the Governor's staff; a representative of
the League of Municipalities; a representative of the New Jersey
Association of Counties; representatives from the private sector;
and representatives from the academic community.
3. The responsibilities,
functions, and objectives of the Task Force shall include:
existing statutes dealing with inter-local service agreements.
current examples of shared local services.
any existing barriers to shared local services.
legislation in other states which might serve as models for
sharing local services.
recommendations for regulatory changes, legislation, or administrative
4. The Governor
shall appoint an executive director who will report to the Task
Force and shall have access to the necessary staff in state government
to complete his assignment.
5. The Task
Force is authorized to call upon any department, office, division
or agency of this State to supply it with data and any other information,
personnel or assistance it deems necessary to discharge its duties
under this Order. Each department, office, division or agency
of this State is hereby required, to the extent not inconsistent
with law, to cooperate with the Task Force and furnish it with
such information, personnel and assistance as is necessary to
accomplish the purpose of this Order. The Attorney General shall
act as legal counsel to the Task Force.
6. The Task
Force shall periodically report to the Governor and shall submit
its final report no later than June 30, 1992.
Order shall take effect immediately.
under my hand and seal this
12th day of October in the Year of Our
Lord, one thousand nine hundred and
ninety-one, and of the Independence
of the United States, the two hundred
James J. Florio
Chief Counsel to the Governor