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Necessity may be the mother of invention, but it is certainly the mother of regionalization. Municipal budget woes are prodding some officials to look into that concept and to find other ways to save taxpayer dollars. As Red Bank Mayor Pasquale "Pat" Menna said, "Municipal budgets are being torn asunder at every turn."
Red Bank officials last week signed a resolution to join a study of regionalizing garbage collection in more than half of
But Red Bank officials are also looking at cutting costs of other borough services, such as hiring low-bid private contractors for cutting down fallen trees and to supplement the borough
Regionalization and the privatization of some functions of municipal responsibilities are ideas that could help cut down the hefty costs of local government. It
2. Break down old town lines - The Daily News of Newburyport -
If taxpayers could choose their public services, would they choose the services they receive today?
Government is a monopoly defined by geography, and our geographic boundaries, laid-out hundreds of years ago, determine what services we receive and who provides them.
As voters we choose our elected officials and they decide what services we receive. This year candidates are again promising fiscal responsibility, greater accountability and greater efficiency. Some might even mention how we fund government and some might mention service levels provided for our tax dollars. They are all talking about regionalizing our local governments. None of them mention consolidation — they should be.
The Massachusetts Department of Revenue Division of Local Services recently completed an Enhanced Regionalization and Merger Analysis for the Towns of Hamilton and Wenham (available on the DOR/DLS Web site). The report
In contrast, the proposed regionalization of the Amesbury,
3. U.S. Regional Communities - sub-State, State or multi-State - in news articles.
Bold font words are Google search terms. Bold italic words considered worth noting. In this and section 11, links to websites of organizations are added to the news excerpt when this is the first time an organization has been found. A goal of this newsletter is to find every regional council in the U.S. in a news story as well as recognizing other regional organizations. In most cases, where a full name is present, a Google search will quickly get one to that organization. News reports do not always get the organization name correct. Contents
.01 Reconfiguration Lawsuit Superior Court Rules in Favor of Region 14
Voicesnews.com - CT,
The Superior Court decision states that it is not clear if the reconfiguration changes conflict with the language in the 1968 regional plan. "The plan recommends:
.02 Against Region 12 Supreme Court Finds in Favor of
Voicesnews.com - CT,
The state Supreme Court ruled that a referendum on a proposed elementary school consolidation by Region 12 could not take place until each of the three towns in the region -
.03 Guard troops may be needed in troubled
The Associated Press -
The sheriff in
.04 Regionalization boards set first meeting
The town’s Regional School Planning Committee will meet with the Berkley Regional School Planning Committee at 6 p.m. tonight in the conference room at
Barre Montpelier Times Argus -
The Montpelier City Council voted Wednesday to move forward in researching a regional public safety agreement between area communities, tapping two councilors to serve on a Regional Public Service Committee to move the proposal forward. ... Mayor Mary Hooper expressed frustration that past attempts at regionalization on this and other issues have failed, although she thanked the others for being willing to try yet again. "Just for the record, I
.06 Dowd explains regionalization options to freeholder board
Shore News Today -
Atlantic County Executive Superintendent Thomas Dowd spoke to the Atlantic County Board of Chosen Freeholders Tuesday, July 14 about his recommendation for feasibility studies with regard to regionalizing area school districts. He told the board about the New Jersey Accountability Code, saying it focuses on fiscal responsibility, efficiency and budget procedures. ...
.07 More cops on street a key benefit to regional 911 project
Much of the discussion of the planned Essex County 911 emergency dispatch center, which has now gained the endorsement of both of Gloucester
.08 Regionalization of health services up for vote tonight
The Daily News of
As the City Council prepares to vote on a three-community regional health agreement, Mayor John Moak admits he
.09 Officials ponder policing
Area police departments face similar struggles: including rising costs, manpower and scheduling. Now they may work together to try to solve them. A workshop between borough officials and police representing Carrolltown,
.10 Petition opposes regional veterans department
Instead of each town having its own veterans service office, multiple towns would share a single office, thereby creating one regional district. ... “We might also have to have (protest) signs made up and go down to town hall and let them hear it,” he said, claiming that regionalization of veterans services would severely disrupt
.11 Towns may regionalize shelters
.12 BNP Media and Spectrum Gaming Group Team Up for New England Gaming
PR Newswire (press release)
The explosive potential for gaming in the
A new study by Regional Plan Association examines how mayors from six communities in
4. Other Regional Community News for Our Local Planet Contents
.01 First H1N1 Flu Death in Region
The first death from the H1N1 flu in the region has been reported from
.02 Mind the gap: Fixing
Prime Minister R.B. Bennett proposed payments for jobless workers during the Depression in 1935, and Unemployment Insurance (UI) was introduced in 1940. In the early 1970s, changes made UI easier to get, covered more people, and increased the payouts. Cuts in the 1980s and 1990s decreased the amount paid out, required more hours to qualify, and linked the amount of benefits to unemployment rates in different regions. The name changed to Employment Insurance in 1996. "It used to be one of the most generous in the world, but now it
.03 Try carpooling says Regional Council
Wellington.scoop.co.nz - Press Release - Greater
Next Wednesday is Carpool Day and people in the
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