STAFFORD TOWNSHIP — As a result of shared services agreements with neighboring municipalities, the township will see almost $200,000 in revenue this year.

The township is looking to establish additional agreements with Ocean County municipalities from Little Egg Harbor Township to Lacey Township, Administrator Jim Moran said.

One of the shared-services agreements in place is a 40-member cooperative system for the purchase of items from gasoline to office supplies. The township also belongs to two other co-ops in the state that have resulted in cost savings for the purchase of heavy equipment and police vehicles, Moran said.

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The township also participates in a schedule C agreement with Ocean County to work with one another for services, including equipment rental and roadwork.

The township sees $87,000 in revenue from Ship Bottom for the daily operations of their water system.

In an agreement with nearby Eagleswood Township, Stafford Township has a contract to provide construction inspection services that will generate about $14,000 for Stafford.

A contract with Surf City, Beach Haven and Harvey Cedars for electric, plumbing and fire inspection services combined will generate approximately $72,000 for Stafford Township. The township has also contracted with Harvey Cedars, Barnegat Light, Long Beach Township and Beach Haven for animal control services that will produce about $23,400.

"We will be continually looking to save money in all areas by reaching out to our neighbors to establish shared services agreements. By doing this we all win," said Mayor John Spodofora.

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