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Step 6: Obtain Local Approval for Consolidation

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If the Study Commission recommends a merger, then the matter returns to each participating municipality for a fi nal decision on whether to consolidate. Each town must approve the consolidation as per the application drafted in Step 2. There are three possibilities: approval by voter referendum, by municipal resolution, or both.It is crucial that you lay the groundwork for consolidation through an extensive public education campaign. You will need to mobilize your network of supporters and present a unifi ed, coherent message. In particular, you should engage the members of the Study Commission and encourage them to participate in the community debate. They will be able to answer questions about technical aspects of the proposed consolidation.

Voter Referendum
If your application (see Step 2) stated that your town must approve consolidation through voter referendum, then the question will appear on the next available election ballot after the Study Commission issues its recommendation. Your municipal clerk can provide you with the relevant deadlines for placing an issue on the ballot.

Municipal Resolution
If the application stated that your town must approve consolidation through council resolution, then your municipality’s governing body must schedule a vote on consolidation. NOTE: If all of the participating towns obtained local approval for the study commission via municipal resolution (see Step 3), then this option is not available.

Civil Service Requirements
If any of the consolidating municipalities is subject to Civil Service laws, then each municipality must also hold a referendum to decide whether the new consolidated town should also be subject to Civil Service rules. Your municipality’s current status will be specifi ed in the Study Commission report.


You can find the relevant documents for Step 6:

  • In The Guidebook Templates at Chapter 6
  • Online at

The relevant documents for Step 6 are:

If Voter Referendum:

  1. Draft Referendum to Consolidate municipalities
  2. Press Release Announcing Upcoming Voter Referendum

If Municipal Resolution:

  1. Draft Resolution to Consolidate municipalities
  2. Press Release Announcing municipal Resolution

CTC-NJ Members:  Download documents here.

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