A new study claims that New Jersey residents pay almost $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 consolidate local governments and services have rarely been successful.
We'd like to know: Why not? Should we be combining towns? At least some services? What is it about a small local government that you like? Take our poll and tell us in the comments what you think.
We're sharing this post across Patch sites in Morris, Somerset and Sussex Counties. So tell us in the comments what town you're from, and what your local officials should be doing about shared services, combined departments ... even combined government, if that's what seems best.
And if your town were to merge with a neighboring town, what would be your preference?
Click here to read the study.