In the world of cutting municipal costs, shared services are the prevailing darlings of local politicians.Read more
It is widely anticipated that Gov. Chris Christie’s first budget message, to be delivered on March 16, will show the harsh reality of New Jersey’s bleak financial outlook. No one is expected to be spared.Read more
Gina Genovese, the executive director of Courage to Connect NJ was interviewed on CNBC during a segment New Jersey’s problem of too many towns, too many school districts, too many fire departments, and not enough dollars to go around.Read more
In the Sunday 3/7/10 Star Ledger article “Blowing the lid off cap on taxes”, Sen. Sweeeny stated “…lower taxes can’t come with the amount of government we have.”Read more
Gina Genovese in interviewed by Rich Lee on the Hall Institute of Public Policy – New Jersey about New Jersey multiplicity of municipalities.Read more
By Gina Genovese The restructuring of the 566 municipalities in New Jersey has been discussed for more than 40 years. Residents were told the way to save property taxes was to merge two adjoining towns.Read more
On January 10, three articles appeared in The Star-Ledger about towns using fuloughs and shared services to survive the fiscal crisis facing New Jersey’s municipalities.Read more
This past election a merger between Sussex and Wantage was on the ballot. Sussex voted it down 3 to 1 although they had the most to gain. Loss of town identity and control were the major roadblocks, trumping the immediate $400 plus in property tax savings. Ironically, the community of Iselin is known more around the world than any other town in NJ and it is a part of Woodbridge Township and not incorporated on its own. Iselin is known simply as Iselin. Courage to Connect NJ proposes combining local governments without changing any community names. Why should Sussex or Wantage, or any other communities, have their name changed at all? This question needs to be answered if NJ has any hope of moving forward.
I contacted the three main gubernatorial candidates about the concept introduced by Courage To Connect NJ. Although this may be the best way to reduce property taxes in NJ, none of them seem to have the courage to discuss this option since I received no responses. We’ll try again after Tuesday’s election.