Rhinebeck war memorialSome of the challenges facing muniland often are legacy problems, where a certain way of doing things has existed for a long time.

I can speak directly to that.  Rhinebeck, NY, the place where I live,  has both a village and town government.

The village has about 3,000 people and the town has about 8,000.

Imagine a tiny place with two highway crews  and other duplicate town services.

Thankfully we have a merged school district.

People here have said for years that the two “municipalities” should be merged. (Actually the people saying this are those who have moved here within the last 10-15 years. Those who have lived here for generations think every thing works fine as it is.)

Joan Gralla of Reuters wrote about a study by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind which showed an overwhelming majority of voters in New Jersey backed shared services for municipalities.