>Donovan says home rule is costing Bergen too much
WEDNESDAY MARCH 14, 2012, 9:13 PM
BY JOHN C. ENSSLIN AND JAMES QUIRK
Bergen County’s tradition of home rule is costing taxpayers far too much money, County Executive Kathleen Donovan said Wednesday in championing an effort to consolidate services and share costs among its 70 municipalities.
“Why do we have so many freaking levels of government?” she asked during a 90-minute interview with The Record editorial board. “I’ve been in government a long time, and it makes no sense to me.”
On the eve of her annual state of the county address, Donovan said she will press this year to continue to reduce costs through such programs as the county emergency dispatch system and bulk purchases. As an example, she cited an agreement reached late last year to have the Bergen County police patrol the northern part of Teterboro.