The NJ Online News Resource Group and The Citizens Campaign are hosting a public forum on shared services and consolidation. We are bringing in top-notch government experts to share their insight and advice to students, journalists, and the public on Monday, March 5th at 7 p.m. (refreshments at 6:30 p.m.) in the Rutgers Student Center (Room 402) for a lively discussion.
We have lined up Princeton Township Mayor Chad Goerner, New Brunswick's Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula (D-17), Courage to Connect Executive Director Gina Genovese, and NJ Spotlight Editor-at-Large Mark Magyar.
Shared Services and Consolidation are buzz words in municipalities throughout New Jersey. How do town's make tough decisions like cutting budgets vs. cutting jobs? How does politics factor into these decisions? As elected officials grapple with soaring costs and rising property taxes, they are forced to come up with more effective and innovative ways to provide quality services. But how do elected officials maintain the highest ethical standards and ensure the process is fair and inclusive of all parties involved?
In Somerset and Camden counties, officials are considering a county-wide police system and in Hunterdon they are proposing one school superintendent for all the districts.
Some towns are looking at consolidation as the answer -- Scotch Plains and Fanwood are considering consolidation, Edison and Metuchen are staunchly opposed, and Princeton Borough and Princeton Township voters finally said "I Do" this November.
How do our communities make these tough choices? Join your colleagues and neighbors on March 5th to hear from the experts!
Reserve your seat here: https://citizenscampaign.wufoo.com/forms/new-jersey-online-news-resource-group/