Move to eliminate Teterboro stirs up concern

As state lawmakers inch closer to doing away with Teterboro and merging it with neighboring towns, some are saying the move would set a very dangerous precedent. The Senate Budget Committee has approved a plan that would divide the borough between Hasbrouck Heights, Little Ferry, Moonachie and South Hackensack. It would be the first merger in New Jersey in 15 years. While the borough has an airport and industry that produces $383 million a year in taxes, there are only 40 people. The residents pay some of the lowest taxes in the state, which some say is not fair to other taxpayers. Those against the move say if Teterboro is eliminated, other small towns would also be in danger. State Sen. Anthony Bucco (R-Denville) says it would be wrong for the government to force the merger. Teterboro officials say they are already a model of shared services, paying for schools, police protection and other services. They say a merger would be punishing the borough for its own success.

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