Corzine plans for N.J. small town mergers

March 29, 2008 2:06:58 PM PDT
Some big changes on the horizon for New Jersey's small towns. The state has more than 300 municipalities with populations under 10,000, and 11 with fewer than 500 residents.

Governor Corzine wants them to merge with other, larger communities to drive down the cost of government.

To emphasize his point, he's cutting state tax relief aid in half for communities with under 10,000 residents, and eliminating it altogether for those smaller than 5,000.

Experts on municipal government say it's an unprecedented move in U.S. history. A Corzine spokeswoman says it'll streamline government and help ease property taxes for residents of the smaller towns.