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posted by Josh Goodman
I wrote 2,300 words last year about how even the smallest local governments are reluctant to merge with neighbors -- and how states struggle to prod them to consolidate. I should have just linked to this story about New Jersey from the Philadelphia Inquirer and called it a day:
But, like most things in life and government, it's not that simple.
Critics say some homeowners in the newly merged districts will pay higher property taxes - if not now, then down the line. They also argue that voters should have had a voice in what happened to their districts.
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