Corzine mulls shared services to save money

Gov. Jon Corzine spent part of the day Thursday examining the methods in which both Lambertville and West Amwell share some of their city and town services.

Corzine feels in order to help lower property taxes, local towns should share services. Currently, Lambertville and West Amwell share recycling and court services. Along with East Amwell, the three municipalities may soon share a police and possibly other departments.

The governor says he is not forcing communities to make similar moves, but he wants to examine the possibility of sharing services.

?The state no longer has the resources to be able to do what we, historically, have to do, whether it?s in hospitals, whether it?s towns and communities ?? Corzine says.

While some legislators disagree, Corzine believes if towns around the state use the example set by Lambertville and West Amwell, taxpayers will save money.

The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs has a $32 million fund to help municipalities that are interested in sharing services get started.

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