I recently met with the Editorial Board of the Courier-Post to report on the progress of the Freeholder Board’s Transformation Initiative. To date, the Transformation Initiative has reduced the cost of county government by $1.2 million a year – and we’re not done yet.
The goal of the Transformation Initiative is to provide governmental services in a more efficient and cost effective manner, including looking at the number and structure of independent agencies and authorities and duplicative services within county government.
The most recent example of this was the consolidation of the Pollution Control Financing Authority into the Camden County Improvement Authority that was approved by the Freeholder Board on March 17. The reduced overall costs of the combined operations will result in significant savings to county taxpayers.
Last week the Courier-Post published an editorial supporting our efforts:
Transformation initiative helps Camden County chip away at costs large and small.
Two years ago, Camden County officials began a self-examination process known as the transformation initiative. The goal of the program is simple: cut out inefficiencies/duplicated services and save money for Camden County taxpayers.
– Courier-Post, March 25, 2011
The full editorial can be found here: http://www.courierpostonline.com/article/20110325/OPINION03/103250319/1046/Savings-needed-now-more-than-ever
We will continue to update you on our progress on Transformation, which is designed to put taxpayers’ interests first through more efficient and cost-effective management. Quarterly reports on that progress are posted at www.camdencounty.com.
Louis Cappelli, Jr.