Tom Lange, Home Buyer in Mount Laurel, NJ

Why is merchantville so desperate for an alliance with another town.?

Asked by Tom Lange, Mount Laurel, NJ Fri Jan 21, 2011

Is it because they have no money and their taxes are thru the roof or simply because they don't want to send their kids to a high school with a lot of minorities?

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More towns in NJ need to form alliances. We cling to 'home rule' and while Mayberry is so attractive, it also is inefficient. Our state has the unfortunate reputation of highest property taxes in the country, and we are seeing many leave our state due to the fixed costs of living here. Alliances between towns, consolidation of school districts, muni services, etc, would provide more services at less cost. It isn't just Merchantville.
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Deborah Madey, Real Estate Pro in Brick, NJ
Interesting answers. They are now trying to send the kids to Haddon Heights. The logical alliance would be with Pennsauken. Their kids have gone there to the upper grades for years. Merging the two towns would benefit both. They even currently share the 08109 zip code with Pennsauken. They are seeking an alliance to save costs as long as it does not push them toward the logical partner - Pennsauken.
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the haddon heights merger is just a temporary solution to the school partnership. it is un-related to the merger proposition to merge the town with cherry hill. 08109 is Merchantville's zip code and bc the part of pennsauken that crosses over rt 130 does not have a local post office, their mail goes through merchantvilles. pennsaukens other zip code is 08110, they have their own post office.
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Hello Tom,
Thank you for your question.
Alliances are formed to save in costs. In this economy every town is trying to see how they can reduce expenses.
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Most alliances are a function of economies of scale to bring better/more services for less cost.
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Deborah Madey, Real Estate Pro in Brick, NJ
Merchantville is a great little town. The problem is like most little towns they don't have the resources paying taxes that will support the school system. Unlike Mount Laurel Twp or Evesham Twp they don't have the population or tax base in the area to support the type mega schools in those two townships. Merchantville is surrounded by Pennsauken, Camden and Cherry Hill all very large districts which is not what the parents want for their children. Years ago Merchantville tried to join with Haddonfield but the number of added students would have overburden the Haddonfield schools also Pennsauken would not let them go because of the thousands of dollars (near $12,000 per student per year) that Merchantville pays Pennsauken to allow the Merchantville student to attend the sub-par Pennsauken system.

I grew up in Glassboro my wife is from Ocean City and we lived in Haddonfield for 15 years. We live in Charlotte NC with a Regional school system with large high schools not unlike Cherry Hill, Shawnee and Cherokee high schools. I like the parents in Merchantville prefer the smaller school systems.

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