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In the state of New Jersey, property taxes are among the highest in the nation. In an effort to reduce costs for municipalities and their tax payers, Governor Murphy appointed two “shared service czars” in 2018 to provide support and help secure funding for local governments looking to implement shared service agreements with other town and county agencies. 

Yesterday, Spatial Data Logic had the pleasure of joining the “czars” and the Morris County Chamber of Commerce to review shared services in depth. When executed correctly, shared services not only quell the need to raise property taxes, they also increase operational efficiency and can help secure higher-quality services. 

Did you know Spatial Data Logic supports shared services?

Spatial Data Logic has worked with a number of municipalities throughout the state of New Jersey to implement shared service agreements. We support can support your efforts in one of two ways:

 

Shared Services For Departments

For municipalities that offer shared services for Building, Fire Prevention, Public Works and other departments, Spatial Data Logic offers a special agreement that permits the licensing to be used in up to 5 towns. A handful of clients take advantage of this option.

 

Shared Services For Municipal-Wide Software

Municipalities can also pool resources to purchase and share software licenses. For example, Chatham Borough and the Borough of Madison entered into a shared service agreement for SDL’s municipal management software.

By working together, Chatham and Madison not only received cost savings, they also were able to purchase a larger number of licenses allowing them to extend the software to more departments within their respective towns. The boroughs received the 2020 Municipal Innovation award in recognition of the cost savings they achieved by creating a shared-service agreement with Spatial Data Logic.  

To learn more about shared services, click to watch the full session:

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We invite you to watch the latest installment of Morris Chamber TV’s “Let’s Talk” where Jack Flood and Mike Stanzilis discuss the importance of digital adoption, gaining alignment and simple steps that New Jersey municipalities can take to make that leap.

 

Some key take-aways include:

Adopting technology helps save time and money

  • Municipal software centralizes your data, allowing staff to quickly locate information, take action and field resident questions.
  • Eliminating paper, automating processes and enabling access for residents frees up time for staff to focus on other tasks.

Citizen portals promote open government

  • Municipal software helps provide the online services, accessibility and functionality your residents have come to expect.
  • Opening up your citizen portal creates a level of transparency. The public can submit requests and check the status of their requests 24/7.
  • Technology has also become the answer to never-ending OPRA requests. By enabling your citizen portal, the public can access the information they need online.

Municipal alignment is critical for success

  • To get the most out of your software, it’s imperative to get your elected officials, department managers and end-users onboard to ensure your staff will use the solution.
  • Without their full buy-in, your municipality will just end up with a shiny new toy that sits and collects dust.

Are you ready to join the 190+ New Jersey municipalities who have trusted Spatial Data Logic to streamline, automate and digitize workflows? Contact us to learn more.

 

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SDL had the pleasure of sponsoring the Morris County Chamber of Commerce's Municipal Forum on Thursday, July 30th. 

During this session, Mayor Mike Stanzilis (Mount Arlington), Mayor Sam Morris (Mine Hill), and Councilwoman Jocelyn Mathiasen (Chatham Borough) shared how their municipalities have embraced technology to adjust to a remote work environment and better serve their constituents.
 

We have shared the recording and hope your town can benefit from hearing their experiences and insight firsthand.
 

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As news about COVID-19 continues to unfold, we want to take a moment to inform you of the precautionary measures we are taking at Spatial Data Logic. We also wanted to offer tips & solutions for how your town can prepare should your town implement a work-from-home policy.

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