A.C., county will share services to save money
NORTHFIELD — The Atlantic County Freeholders unanimously approved Tuesday three shared-services agreements with Atlantic City that will save the resort more than $1 million and generate close to that amount for the county.
The county entered shared-services agreements with the city for transportation services for seniors and the permanently disabled, for home-delivered meals and for public health services such as flu clinics.
Atlantic City budgeted $2 million for services that the county will provide to it for $936,431, said Frank Formica, the freeholder board chairman.
“These three resolutions are the direct result of the state of New Jersey meeting with the (county) administration and other representatives, elected officials a couple of years ago to be partners in the rescue of Atlantic City’s financial situation,” Formica said.
Before the freeholders voted, Vice Chairman John W. Risley Jr. said the county is protected because the amount of money received from the city through the five-year, shared-services agreements increases 2 percent each year. All three agreements start Oct. 1.
City employees, who have been doing the jobs covered by the shared-services agreement, already have been interviewed once and will be interviewed a second time to see if they will be hired by the county, county Administrator Jerry DelRosso said after the meeting.
After the shared-services agreements were approved, Formica said that during the negotiations for the county’s take of the payment in lieu of taxes, or PILOT, in Atlantic City, the media reported the county was supposed to receive 13.5 percent of the $120 million PILOT.
“It was reported in the press that officials from the DCA and other officials in the state said the reason we are not going to get that (the 13.5 percent) is because we did not provide shared services and help the city of Atlantic City,” Formica said.
The freeholders questioned the state’s Department of Community Affairs and the state asked what they wanted the county to do, Formica said.
In a meeting 18 months ago, the county put on the table the three resolutions that were approved Tuesday and other services, including the temporary acquisition and funding of the Atlantic City Utilities Authority.
“When we asked what you wanted us to do, they were mute,” Formica said.
“OK, so here is your notice, state: We are doing something,” Formica said. “Let us know when you are ready to keep up your (end of the) deal.”
In other business, freeholders approved professional service agreements with various medical providers to establish a pool of medical services to inmates at the Atlantic County jail for an amount not to exceed $700,000.
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