Municipalities and School Districts can save money by sharing the cost of services. School Boards and local governments contract out services such as Field Maintenance, IT Services, and Paving & Snow Removal. Often times, these governing bodies act independently of each other, even though they serve the same areas. However, municipalities and school districts within the municipality can sign agreements to share the cost of services, ensuring that both entities are using the most competitive services available. Sharing these services could result in much greater savings annually for each governing body.
How to establish Shared Services Agreements in your city:
Step 1: LEARN. Watch our Citizen Legislator Lesson and download our Citizen Legislator Participation Guide.
Step 2: PREPARE. Get ready for your presentation by downloading our Shared Services Agreement Presentation Kit, which includes a sample OPRA Request, sample Presentation Statement, and an Advisory Policy Memo. And make sure to reach out and build support through friends, family, social media, and local media!
Step 3: PRESENT. Download the Model Resolution and make an official presentation to your local governing body.
Step 4: FOLLOW UP! Officials have a lot on their plates, so it’s up to you to follow-up and make sure your proposal doesn’t get lost in the shuffle! Attend council meetings, email, and call officials if you don’t get an adequate response (but always be respectful!). And if you continue to hit roadblocks? Request a coach from The Citizens Campaign to help you out.
Sample Resolution for Shared Services Agreement for Field Maintenance from Aberdeen, Matawan, and the Aberdeen-Matawan School District.
Sample Resolution for Shared Paving and Snow Removal between Hillsborough Township and Hillsborough School District.