Overstating the Benefits of Consolidation

Thursday, January 16, 2014

New Jersey Public Radio

In 2011, residents voted to merge Princeton Township and Princeton Borough into a single town - Princeton. This week, in his state of the state speech, Governor Christie held up Princeton as a shining example of what consolidation can do to reduce the cost of services in New Jersey towns. He claimed a savings in one year of $3 million.

But Planet Princeton says that "$3 million" in savings is a myth that was debunked last year. Mary Mann with New Jersey News Commons has been following the story and speaks with New Jersey Public Radio's David Furst.


Comments [2]

Consolidation in Princeton was a hoax perpetrated on the populace with collusion from the University so that it could manage moving the train station farther from the center of town (where most people live). As the first comment above indicates, consolidation hardly saved any money and has already resulted in a decline of quality of life in the center of town. The combined zoning board is now dominated by people from the suburbs, and there is every reason to expect that, over time, the center of Princeton will now go the way of the center of so many cities: downhill in terms of residential quality of life, safety, and services. I would rather have had my slightly larger taxes any day.

Jan. 16 2014 07:03 PM

Thank you for setting the record straight however your story seem biased toward consolidation without listing any of the drawback. The governor was also incorrect in saying there was not cutback in services in Princeton. In contradiction to what was promised, almost immediately those in the smaller Borough lost brush pick up – not a problem for those on the big lots in the Township but an issue for the tightly fitted homes in the Boro. Consolidation also means a diluted vote. The smaller Boro will forever be at the mercy of the larger Township and that could mean putting developments in their neighborhoods don’t want them. Princeton was duped and time will bring that out. There is already talk of additional costs.

Jan. 16 2014 03:41 PM

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