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"Imagine a web woven by a spider on LSD and you might see a frightening similarity to the map showing the jurisdictional outlines of our 566 municipalities in NJ. Present the current facts and statistics of the situation to a systems analyst and you can expect howls of laughter. Given a free hand to reconstruct and reconfigure the present map, no one would attempt to justify a replication of the existing system."

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Multiple Municipal Madness

Forum on reducing property taxes to be held in Northvale

NORTHVALE — Courage to Connect NJ, a non-profit that promotes consolidation to reduce the state’s skyrocketing property taxes, will hold a free forum at Borough Hall tonight to discuss consolidating municipal services in the Northern Valley area.

Gina Genovese, the group’s executive director and a former mayor of Long Hill in Morris County, will talk to residents about how the duplication of services in the state’s 566 municipalities is contributing to the state’s fiscal crisis.

A forum on reducing property taxes willl be tonight from 7:30 to 9 at Northvale Borough Hall, 116 Paris Ave. A similar meeting in Englewood is scheduled for Oct. 20.

“There is so much duplication of municipal services from one end of the state to the other,” Genovese said in a press release promoting the event. “New Jersey’s municipal framework must ultimately be reduced to 100 to 150 towns, or our state will become unaffordable for most of us to live here.”

Genovese will address how municipalities can maintain their identities, while being part of a larger entity that shares departments such as police, public works and tax functions.

This article originally appeared in The Record. Click here to download a full PDF of the article

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