A new study by Ball State University's Center for Business and Economic Research claims that New Jersey residents pay roughly $700 per year more for government services than do the residents of Pennsylvania or Connecticut because the state has so many inefficient local governments.
But attempts to significantly consolidate local governments and services have rarely been successful in New Jersey.
Locally, Collingswood entered into a multi-town trash agreement, which officials said could save $10,000 monthly. Efforts to share a superintendent, though, fell apart.
In Camden County, talk of a regionalized police force has intensified over the past 10 months or so.
But, for the most part, New Jersey residents seem to be anti-consolidation.
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The Ball State study can be accessed here.