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March 31, 2010

RE: PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE FOR THE NEW JERSEY PRIVATIZATION TASK FORCE ANNOUNCED

Dear Mayor:

The New Jersey Privatization Task Force has announced the schedule for its three public hearings. The meetings will be open to the public and the Task Force will be inviting experts from a variety of fields to testify. The Task Force is encouraging input from the general public, including recommendations, ideas, and concerns from the public and anyone else with a proposal. In addition to input received at the public hearings, these proposals can also be submitted via email at NJPrivatization.TaskForce@gov.state.nj.us.

Task Force members Chairman Dick Zimmer, Todd Caliguire, Kathleen Davis, John Galandak and Dr. P. Kelly Hatfield will be holding the following public meetings:

Wednesday, April 7, 2010 – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the State House Annex, Committee Room 1, 125 West State Street, Trenton, NJ

Wednesday, April 14, 2010 – 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Summit Public High School Library, 125 Kent Place Boulevard, Summit, NJ
     
Wednesday, April 21, 2010 – 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Camden County College, Cherry Hill Campus, Executive Conference Room 110, 1889 Route 70 East, Cherry Hill, NJ

We know that many municipalities have, for years, privatized services in order to reduce property taxes and increase efficiency. Others have sought to privatize, but have been frustrated by statutory and other impediments. We urge you to share your expertise and experiences with the Task Force.

As indicated in our March 12 letter:
The Task Force is charged with developing recommendations for the Governor for a comprehensive approach regarding the privatization of State and local services in light of the State's current fiscal condition. In developing its recommendations, the Task Force shall carefully consider the current fiscal emergency, the necessity of achieving reforms and savings in Fiscal Year 2011, the State's long-term economic interests, and this Administration's commitment to ensuring that the State's resources are managed responsibly for the benefit of the citizens of New Jersey. The Task Force shall focus on a number of critical issues, including: (a) which government functions are or may be appropriate for privatization; (b) current legal and practical impediments to privatization; (c) ensuring that the scope and quality of services is not inappropriately diminished; and (d) such other matters as may be referred to the Task Force by the Governor.

The Governor chose former Congressman Dick Zimmer to Chair this group. Chairman Zimmer has reached out to the League and involved us in this process. 

If you are able to attend any of these meeting, or if you submit written testimony, please contact Jon Moran of our office at 609-695-3481, ext. 121, or jmoran@njslom.com.

Very truly yours,

 

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director

 

 

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