POLL: MAJORITY DOESN’T SUPPORT TOWN CONSOLIDATION

A new poll shows lessening support to consolidate towns. The Rugers-Eagleton poll says that 45 percent support consolidating their municipal government with that of a neighboring community, down nine points from a March 2010 Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. While nearly four in ten think consolidation means more efficiency, fewer say local services would improve. Just 20 percent think services would get better, while 27 percent says they would get worse. Forty-four percent anticipate little change.

Lawmakers like Gov. Chris Christie and Senate President Steve Sweeney have suggested that town consolidation would better use services and save taxpayer money.

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