The Press of Atlantic City reports that Corbin City, a town of just 520 people is fighting to stay on the map by merging services with Upper Township. The plan to merge is included in their Community Vision Plan which took years to create and was recently adopted by Corbin City’s Town Council. The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders turned down the plan to merge with Upper Township saying that the burden Corbin City would become far outweighed the tax benefits because there are so few businesses in town to create tax revenue.
In a sense, this is an example of New Jersey’s future as towns and cities all over the state are coming to terms with the fact that it’s expensive and wasteful to provide services for each town independently rather than have County-level help for some kinds of easily shared services. It sounds to me like Corbin City is trying to do the right thing but their Freeholders are not seeing the future coming at them at the speed of New Jersey’s smallest town.
What do you think?
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