Cost Saving Consolidation
Eagleswood Township (West Creek) in southern Ocean County aims to save taxpayers money by moving its Municipal Court operations to Little Egg Harbor (LEH). It will still be the Eagleswood Municipal Court, but it will be located at 655 Radio Road in Little Egg.
This follows pleas from Governor Corzine for municipal consolidation and a study by the Eagleswood Committee.
After determining the costs of bringing the Eagleswood Court up to new safety codes, hiring a new court clerk and the annual loss of more than $40,000 annually in the operating budget, the Eagleswood Committee began working with Little Egg Harbor on a ‘shared services agreement’.
All Eagleswood municipal court functions are expected to transfer to Little Egg Harbor by the first of the year. The agreement calls for LEH to receive all fines levied by the Eagleswood Court, while Eagleswood would receive money from a surcharge proposed by Governor Corzine. The surcharge program hasn’t yet been finalized.
Eagleswood comprises nearly 19 square miles in southern Ocean County. It has more than 16 square miles of land and about 2.5 square miles are water covered. It’s population is about 1500.
The Township already has a ‘shared services agreement’ with Stafford Township (Manahawkin) for building inspections. Homes for sale in Eagleswood
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