promoted by Rosi
There are 565 different municipalities in New Jersey, with an even larger number of school districts. Each one of these has its own administrative overhead, so smart consolidation and sharing of services is a reasonable path to cutting costs. Princeton Township and Princeton Boro are now reaping a $3 million annual savings after they combined their formerly separate municipal governments.
But with the “home rule” mentality in the Garden State that makes no logical sense from a fiscal viewpoint, the Princetons are the exception. A more likely path to success would be the consolidation of government services to reduce overlaps in cost and to take advantage of economies of scale. Done right, this can save money while providing better service. With poor planning, however, problems will only escalate.
There’s an old aphorism, “Nothing is ever a total loss. It can always be used as a bad example.” And the Republican-controlled Burlington County Board of Freeholders proves that point once again.