Municipal officials called Monday for the General Assembly to allow cities and towns to pursue a step toward regionalization. Years of talk about regionalizing services have yielded little progress.
Municipal leaders are pressing for passage of a bill allowing the creation of regional districts for dispatching police and fire services. Lieutenant Governor Daniel McKee, a former Cumberland mayor, said the statewide savings would be significant.
“There’s hundreds of thousands of dollars of saving a year – $200, 300, 400,000 a year, cumulatively for the taxpayers, by this type of regional effort,” said McKee. “That’s the beginning step of an effort.”
A bill to promote regional dispatching has been introduced in the Senate, but not in the House. That means the outlook for the legislation is unclear for the current session.