Hamilton Township to Expand Existing Competitive Contracting Policy Into New Ordinance
Already, Hamilton Township’s competitive contracting policy exceeds what the State’s Public Contract Law requires for local governments in terms of how government contracts are awarded -- by bidding public contacts that are not required to be bid under State Law and awarding them to the lowest bidder. In continuing its transparency and accountability efforts, Hamilton Township is moving to make its existing policy a permanent law.
“As Mayor, I will ensure that our local government continues to award public contracts based solely upon what is in the best interest, and what is most cost effective, for the taxpayers of our community. Working with our Township Council, we will make the same, fiscally responsible policy that our government maintained when I was a member of the Township Council, which already goes further than what State Law calls for, into a permanent law,” explains Hamilton Township Mayor Kelly A. Yaede. “It is another step that will restore our residents’ trust in their government and to further preserve existing procedures to better safeguard our citizens’ hard-earned tax dollars.”
Such efforts build upon Hamilton Township’s two most recent audits conducted by an independent municipal auditor, which contained no negative findings or recommendations for corrective action.
However, this level of excellence has not always been found in the management of Hamilton’s finances. Audits under a previous administration found 90 violations of the Public Contract Law in 2006 and an additional 65 violations of the Public Contract Law in 2007.
But for the past three consecutive years, Hamilton Township’s Municipal Government has met the highest level of the State of New Jersey’s recommended best practices for local governments. This record of strong financial procedures and managerial policies has qualified Hamilton Township to be eligible to receive a full 100% of its possible State Aid, to benefit local residents.