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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."

Alan J. Karcher,
Multiple Municipal Madness

GOERNER: Town mergers can work in N.J.

This opinion-editorial by Princeton Mayor Chad Goerner originally appeared in the Asbury Park Press. To read the full article, click here

 

For the Princetons, 2012 is the year we transition to a single municipal government, with the promise of a brighter and more sustainable future.

 

Our success in consolidating has set off a series of similar efforts across the state. To that end, a dynamic organization called Courage to Connect New Jersey has gathered significant momentum and is holding a conference on municipal consolidation on Wednesday in East Brunswick. The statewide event will build on the success that we’ve had in Princeton Borough and Princeton Township.

 

In a time where municipalities across the state are struggling to maintain the same level of service, we in Princeton Township have struggled to do the same while trying to keep municipal taxes low. As a result, we ended up reducing 18 percent of our staff over the last five years.

 

With the new 2 percent state-mandated municipal cap, many towns are facing a choice: reduce staff and cut services or spend down their municipal surplus (i.e. savings). That is the situation that towns across the state face today. Consolidation will put our towns on a more sustainable path and allow us to actually bring back services that had been cut to balance the budget.

 

At the same time, it will save our taxpayers a significant amount of money. Princeton Borough and Princeton Township have identified $3.2 million in annual savings at the full implementation of our consolidation plan. These savings are from personnel reductions only. (One personnel reduction is my own. I worked myself out of a job, too.)

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