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Eliminate County Government. How many departments/divisions are in Bergen County government?. 10. a. 23 b. 48 c. 64 d. 96. How many people are employed by Bergen County?. a. 500 b. 1200 c. 2200 d. 3000. 10. How many Freeholders are in Bergen County?. a. 5 b. 7 c. 12 d. 22.

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how many departments divisions are in bergen county government
How many departments/divisions are in Bergen County government?

10

a. 23

b. 48

c. 64

d. 96

what is the annual debt service of bergen county
What is the annual debt service of Bergen County?

a. $2,000,000

b. $23,000,000

c. $58,000,000

d. $250,000,000

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framework
Framework

Background

Facts/Figures

Public Opinion

How Would We Actually Eliminate County Government

figures
Figures

10% of our property tax dollars go to the County

$500,000,000 budget

$58,000,000 debt service

$147,000,000 salaries and wages

$238,000,000 “other expenses”

2200 work for Bergen County

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budget allocation
Budget Allocation

5

  • $500,000,000 budget
  • $58,000,000 debt service
  • $147,000,000 salaries and wages
  • $238,000,000 “other expenses”
facts
Facts

Most states have strong local or county government

Local property taxes paid to the County have NO direct impact on property values

Sharing services can save money and increase efficiencies

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Nearly one in four Bergen County employees makes $100k+ per year

County tax levy has increased by 51% since 2003 (larger % increase than schools, municipalities, state during the same timeframe)

Many of the highest paid non-law enforcement positions are political appointees (members of the Political Party Organizations)

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public opinion
Public Opinion

Under-utilized & non-responsive

Removed or invisible

Unaccountable

Duplicative services

precedent
Precedent

Connecticut

Massachusetts

Rhode Island

Westchester County, New York (proposed)

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why eliminate county government
Why Eliminate County Government?
  • Remove a layer of government
  • Save money without loss of services
  • Decrease duplication of services
  • Enhance private/public partnerships
requirements
Requirements
  • Amendment to the state constitution
  • Address negotiated labor contracts
  • Engaged citizens - grass roots support
  • Visionary Leaders
leadership traits
Leadership Traits

Someone with a proven track record for instituting change!

  • Bold & courageous leaders
  • A leader with:

Brains, guts, passion & purpose

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Board of Chosen Freeholders

County Executive

County Clerk

Clerk to Board

Counsel to Board

County Administrator

Surrogate

County Sheriff

Law

Planning & Economic Development

Health Services

Human Services

Parks

Voters of Bergen County

Administration

& Finance

Public Works

Public Safety

State Appointments

savings
Savings =

8

8

$

5

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$

Savings =

5

million

savings 26 million
Savings = 26 million

52

5

52

52 million

impact
Impact

Savings of approximately $130 million from reallocating the work

More accountable, visible, responsive government

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impact1
Impact

Natural evolution toward shared services

More involved citizens

Greater return on our tax dollars

many thanks to
Lynn Algrant

Ben Brody

Todd Caliguire

Ronald Calissi

Hon.Governor Richard Codey

William Corcoran

Bobbie Anne Flower Cox

Timothy Dacey

Paul Feiner

Dr. Ken Gabbert

Brian Hague

Deborah Herr

Sophie Heymann

Richard Loveless

Gloria Martini

Bob Meyerson

Many thanks to:
many thanks to1
Leo McGuire

Amanda Missey

Maureen Moakley

Ridgefield Park Board of Commissioners

Ridgefield Park Village Clerk, Police Captain, DPW Superintendent, Village Attorney

Christopher Rutishauser

Dr. G. Jeremiah Ryan

William “Pat” Schuber

Mike Seedon

Sam Spina

James Troisi

Many Thanks To:
references
References
  • McNerney, D. (2010, March 03). State of the County address 2010. Retrieved from http://www.co.bergen.nj.us/bcresources/countyreport.html
  • County Government in Connecticut:
    • Its History and Demise by Rosaline Levinson
    • Connecticut Legislative Librarian, Linda Moral
  • Professor Maryann Baraski, University of Massachusetts
  • Rethinking Westchester Government, Initials. (n.d.). States without County government. Retrieved from http://www.rethinkingwestchestergov.com/
  • The slides that reference dollars currently being spent or the “estimated savings” were taken from the Bergen County website (http://www.co.bergen.nj.us/) or provided by Brian Hague at the Bergen County Executive’s office.