In Merchantville, Camden County, a group of concerned residents are moving their community toward long-term sustainability by proposing that their town seriously look at connecting to Cherry Hill.
With just 3,800 residents in slightly over a half mile, Merchantville has been struggling to maintain its municipal services. This year, although the operating budget was slashed, there was no decrease in taxes. The town's ability to deliver basic public services in the future seems unsustainable.
Merchantville resident Bob Stocker, never would have considered connecting to Cherry Hill a year ago. But within the last year, he saw that trees aren't being trimmed, roads aren't being plowed and municipal equipment is falling apart. "We see the writing on the wall about diminishing services with higher taxes," says Stocker.