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The 267 employees who worked for the two municipalities dropped to 250 in the combined Princeton, according to town administrator Bob Bruschi.Eliminating those 17 positions—including the former township’s police chief and administrator and the former borough’s clerk, each of whom retired prior to the transition—accounts for a projected savings in the municipal budget of close to million a year, which will be reflected incrementally over a three-year implementation period.When consolidation was broached in 2011, those living in the doughnut hole of Princeton Borough felt—as they had in the past—that they would be the losers in a merger, fearing diminished services for those within the 1.85-square-mile borough once it was subsumed by the 16.38-square-mile township.They also worried about losing the borough’s distinct character.Princeton’s 2012-2013 municipal budget is million.
So all we had to do was prove it was a great deal for the borough also.” Settled by Quakers in the late 1600s, the area was variously known as Stony Brook, Prince’s Town or Princetown before the name Princeton appeared sometime in the 18th century.
“Princeton has opened a lot of eyes across New Jersey and the country.
Now we have living, breathing proof that it can be done,” says Joseph Stefko, president of CGR, the consulting firm that directed the Princeton merger.
The referendum ultimately was approved by voters in November 2011.
Lempert, a member of the old Princeton Township Committee (the governing body) at the time of the vote, actively pressed for consolidation.