@Issue: Can municipal marriages work?

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Chad Goerner, the former Princeton Township mayor who was the driving force behind the successful consolidation of the Princetons — after six previous consolidation attempts failed — has published a new book, “A Tale of Two Tigers,” that describes how it was done, and what more needs to be done to make it easier for municipal mergers to occur elsewhere in New Jersey. He responded to a number of our questions aimed at better understanding the consolidation process, the pitfalls and the rewards.

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A Tale of Two Tigers

The former Princeton Twp Mayor Chad Goerner has recently published a book about the three attempts before there successful municipal consolidation of the Princetons' in 2013. Thank you for memorializing this amazing accomplishment and all the people who worked on consolidation over the years. Chad has now been serving as a CtoCNJ board member the past three years. May your leadership continue to inspire all of us.
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Christie gives himself more power to slash millions in N.J. municipal aid

By eliminating fewer than two dozen words from the state budget, Gov. Chris Christie has given himself the power to withhold hundreds of millions of dollars in funding that New Jersey's municipalities use to hold down property taxes, local government experts say.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie Holds News Conference To Address Traffic Scandal

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$20 Can keep you in NJ

Citizens representing Roxbury and Mount Arlington need your help to fund their municipal consolidation study commission. Donate for change!

 

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GOERNER: Merger of Princetons a model marriage

Many said it couldn’t be done. However, in November 2011, 61 percent of Princeton Borough residents and a whopping 85 percent of Princeton Township residents voted to consolidate into one town known simply as Princeton, effective in 2013.

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Roxbury, Mount Arlington consolidation study gains funding

ROXBURY TWP.- The state Department of Community Affairs (DCA) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for firms to perform an independent impact study for the Roxbury and Mount Arlington Consolidation Study Commission.

CRAIG HEARD

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"Hey New Jersey, Follow the Law,"

Craig Heard testifies before state legislators, urging them to comply with law relating to municipal consolidation efforts.

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Now it's your turn

If you love New Jersey and you don’t want runaway property taxes to destroy your life, you have one chance to save the state.

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EDITORIAL: A step forward for municipal mergers

The legislation eliminates some of the one-size-fits-all provisions of the 2007 consolidation act, and gives towns considering consolidation wide latitude in negotiating agreements that satisfy both sides.

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How long would you take to save money?

If you could get a superior level of a critical service for less money, how long would it take you to switch to this service?

1) 1 week

2) 2 years

3) 20 years and counting

 

I don't want to answer for you, but the answer for governmental departments and towns is 20 years and counting. 

 

Here's an example from Milwaukee County in Wisconsin. 20 years ago 7 separate communities consolidated their 7 separate fire and EMS departments into 1 regional department that is offering a far better level of service than if they had stayed separate.  A regional approach allowed the single fire district to reduce financial expenditures annually and ease the need for tax increases the past 20 years. 

 

                    7 districts  |  1 district 

Fire Stations        7                  5

 

Fire Trucks          31               15

 

Staff                    60               53

 

Regionalization has delivered on its promise.  Read their recent 20 year report 'Come Together:  An analysis of fire department consolidation in Milwaukee County's North Shore'. 

 

The report wonders why, in the last 20 years, there hasn't been any TALK about consolidating another fire district, police department, or school district in Wisconsin. 

 

Are you willing to look at getting better services for less cost?

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