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Opinion: How Regional Government Can Help New Jersey Thrive

Jun 18, 2012   //   by PlanSmart NJ   //   Consolidation, Municipal Government, Opinion, Policy, Speaks Out Blog  //  Comments Off on Opinion: How Regional Government Can Help New Jersey Thrive

With bill before lawmakers, anything we do to curb ‘municipal madness’ is good for NJ

By Lucy Vandenberg, June 12, 2012 in NJ Spotlight

A bill making it easier for New Jersey’s municipalities to merge by identifying funding sources that can be used for consolidation expenses was recently passed by the NJ Senate and introduced in the Assembly last week. Various efforts have been made by the Legislature over the years to encourage municipal consolidation, including the Municipal Consolidation Act of 1978, the Sparsely Populated Municipal Consolidation Act of 1995, and the Local Option Municipal Consolidation Act of 2007. Each of these laws has created new incentives or more flexibility to encourage municipal consolidation.

Since reaching a peak of 568 municipalities in 1957, however, only two sets of municipalities have merged, with the recent Princeton Township/Princeton Borough merger to take effect on January 1, 2013, bringing the total number of mergers to three, and reducing the number of municipalities to 565.

While a small step, anything the Legislature or citizens can do to encourage consolidation is a good thing.

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