Government consolidation proponents see South Hunterdon School District

LAMBERTVILLE — About eight weeks remain before voters here, in Stockton and in West Amwell decide whether the four existing school districts that govern the education of their children are dissolved and replaced by a single district covering pre-K to grade 12.  

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Former Princeton Mayor Discusses Merger on NJTV

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Consolidation Study Commission Swears in Members

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD,  NJ - At its first organizational meeting, the Fanwood-Scotch Plains Consolidation Commission dealt with many agenda items, including voting in Matthew Juckes of Fanwood as one of the commissioners, and then swearing in 10 of the commissioners and two of the alternates. One alternate was unable to be present, and there is one alternate position yet to be filled.

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Christie's Consolidation Pledge Paying Off

When the non-profit organization Courage to Connect NJ holds its third annual seminar at Princeton University on June 5, Princeton’s successful consolidation will be the focus of the day. And now that the town is assured of the 20 percent reimbursement for consolidation costs that Governor Chris Christie pledged during a visit to Princeton nearly two years ago, the lineup of Princeton officials taking part in the day’s sessions is especially relevant.

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What can PA learn about municipal consolidation from NJ

This interview with Executive Director Gina Genovese originally appeared on Keystone Politics. 

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Princeton merger yields tax decrease

When the merger of Princeton Borough and Princeton Township was proposed, advocates said it would result in more efficient government and lower tax bills.   

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Princeton consolidation pays off: $61M budget comes with tax rate decrease

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PRINCETON — The savings that encouraged the former borough and township of Princeton to merge into a single town started to appear last night as the town introduced a $61 million budget and announced a tax rate decrease of just under 1 percent.

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Doing more with less is the new Princeton

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By Liz Lempert

Local governments everywhere are faced with a tough challenge: how to manage increasing costs — especially for health care and pensions — without cutting back on important services or burdening residents with always-ballooning property taxes

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Now united Princeton seeks $460K from state for consolidation costs, but reimbursement amount is unclear

PRINCETON - Paving the way can be a bumpy ride sometimes. There are the accolades and the state spotlight for being a leader, and then there’s difficulty of blazing a trail into uncharted territory. Princeton traveled that rocky road as it consolidated last year from two towns into one. 

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How Two Princetons Became One

It’s easy to dismiss the successful consolidation of two New Jersey municipalities that share a name–Princeton township and borough–as well as a Zip code, an affluent citizenry, similar debt loads and real estate taxes, 13 shared services including a library and school district, and a political culture that seems so, well, forward-thinking. What possible relevance could the Princetons’ experience have for other budget-stressed communities, given the always fractious politics of local-government consolidation and service-sharing?   

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