Poll: Should Towns Have Declined the Police Consolidation?
Now that all of the towns in the area have declined, what do you think?
With Warren Township's vote last night to decline participation in the police consolidation plan, we wondered if residents believe that was the right thing to do.
Warren was the fourth of the four municipalities in eastern Somerset County in a planned precinct to say no, with Watchung, Green Brook and North Plainfield similarly choosing not to participate.
All of the towns felt consolidating police would reduce the number of officers available in their municipality, lead to problems with dispatchers and regional officers lack of knowledge of the towns. Officials also said the savings—estimated to be less than $100 annually per property after 10 years—just wasn't enough to risk it.
But many residents want any kind of tax relief they can get—and they may feel $100 is better than nothing.
What do you think? Take our poll and add your comments in the box below.