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Cutting Spending, Smaller Government & More Shared Services on Agenda for 2012




                                           For Immediate Release: January 6, 2012

Contact:  Freeholder Director Bob Damminger (853-3395) or Freeholder Deputy Director Giuseppe ‘Joe’ Chila (853-3382)


Cutting Spending, Smaller Government & More Shared Services on Agenda for 2012


(Woodbury, NJ) – The Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholder held its 326th Annual Reorganization meeting tonight where new Freeholders Adam Taliaferro and Lyman Barnes were sworn in and Freeholder Heather Simmons was returned to the Board to serve a full term.  


Freeholder Robert M. Damminger was chosen by his colleagues to serve as Director of the Board for the second consecutive year and Freeholder Giuseppe ‘Joe’ Chila as Deputy Director.


“I welcome Heather, Adam and Lyman to the Board, they are dynamic individuals who will work tirelessly for the people of Gloucester County,” stated Director Damminger.  “They will join me in our goal to cut county spending for a third year in a row, move forward with more shared government services,  that our residents are employed, safe, healthy and have access to quality and affordable education,” Damminger said. 


Damminger said that when the national economy started to decline, the Freeholders took steps to cut spending.  From 2009 until 2010, the county cut $1.5 million from its budget.  From 2010 through 2011 the Freeholders cut another $4.2 million in spending.  Since 2008, 208 positions have been eliminated from the county work force through attrition. 


“Our workforce is leaner and spending has been cut by more than $6 million over the last two years, and we will work very hard over the next several months to cut spending again in 2012,” Damminger said. 


“The Freeholders cuts spending while adding 16 municipalities into the countywide EMS system, took on the task of performing regionalized tax assessing for all 24 municipalities, and handled dozens of additional shared and regionalized functions with our towns and neighboring counties.  Over all we are saving the municipalities more than $24 million annually,” the Director stated.


Damminger and Deputy Director Chila said that the county will continue to focus on shared and regionalized services, the construction of the Port of Paulsboro and access road, affordable and accessible education and public safety.


Damminger said, “We are opening the Route 322 bypass in a few days.  LS Power will break ground on the new natural gas-fired energy facility that will create 650 construction jobs and has netted more than $4million in revenue to our county taxpayers, so we are starting 2012 on a high note.”