What research was done for you to reach these conclusions?

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What research was done for you to reach these conclusions? The various consolidation commissions have found some cost savings in shared services but these areas have been nearly maximized. The tax savings from combining two communities, like Sussex (pop. 2,000) and Wantage (pop. 10,000) was not sufficient to make the transition worthwhile. This most current failed attempt at consolidation, has led to the conclusion that a larger scale consolidation is necessary to generate the cost savings that will make New Jersey affordable. The effort in Sussex and Wantage also illustrated the lack of understanding that the loss of identity for a community is a significant issue for the residents to overcome. More education is needed and communities should each keep their names. 


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