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"The lines on the geopolitical map of New Jersey were drawn by men with political and/or economic agendas . . . today the costs of maintaining New Jersey’s multiple and redundant jurisdictions mounts into the billions of dollars."

Alan J. Karcher,
Multiple Municipal Madness

Step 5: Study Commission Recommends Consolidation

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Once approved, the municipal Consolidation Study Commission will begin reviewing the proposed merger. This process can take one to three years, depending in part on whether the Study Commission is required to produce either a preliminary report or a consolidation implementation plan.(See Step 2.) The Study Commission will most likely delegate some of its work to an outside consultancy, which will prepare a feasibility study regarding the proposed consolidation.

Unless you are serving as a member of the Study Commission, you will not need to be involved in the day-to-day operations of the Commission. Use this time to educate the public about the benefi ts of consolidation—so that more residents are knowledgeable about the issue by the time the Commission issues its formal recommendation. It is important to stay on message. CTC-NJ can help you along the way by providing:

  • Talking points
  • Sample op-eds discussing the benefits of consolidation
  • Help in organizing community presentations to promote consolidation
  • Help in locating experts to testify before the Study Commission

At the end of the study period, the Study Commission will issue a fi nal report, which will include a recommendation about whether the participating towns should consolidate. If the Study Commission recommends consolidation, you will proceed to a fi nal round of approval in each town (Step 6).

Final Report
If the Study Commission’s fi nal report recommends consolidation, the report will contain a variety of details about the merger, including: (1) the proposed name of the new government; (2) the method for electing members of the governing body;[delete: of the new town] (3) the transfer of assets and debts from the existing municipalities to the new government; and (4) how redundant municipal positions and offi ces will be restructured.


You can fi nd the relevant documents for Step 5:

  • In The Guidebook Templates at Chapter 5
  • Online at

The relevant documents for Step 5 are:

  1. Talking Points in Support of Consolidation
  2. Op-Ed Encouraging Commission to Recommend Consolidation

CTC-NJ Members:  Download documents here.

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