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"I personally did not support it the last two times because that type of question had not been answered to my satisfaction," she said.

"I'm not opposed to consolidation, but I want to make sure if it's done people in the borough do not lose what they have become accustomed to." Questions of services and property taxes are not the only ones raised by officials when discussing consolidation.

Joe Lawver, a Pennington council member, said it would actually make more sense for the boroughs of Hopewell and Pennington to consolidate.

Dressel Jr., the executive director of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities.

Princeton Borough and Princeton Township will take advantage of the public engagement strategy when representatives and residents from the two towns meet later this month to discuss consolidation with a member of the state Department of Community Affairs.

Projected cost savings from consolidation are either temporary or illusory because lower costs in some expenditure categories are often offset by higher costs in other areas. He analyzed the expenditure patterns before and after consolidation for six expenditure categories (administration, instruction, transportation, operation and maintenance, total cost, and capital costs).

Of these six, only savings in "administrative costs" was related to consolidation at a statistically significant level.

Some, like those in Princeton Borough, question how merging would affect the character of a town, while Trotman herself wonders how merged towns would divide outstanding debts.

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