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Lieutenant Governor McKee Pushes Latest Regionalization Legislation

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Municipal officials called Monday for the General Assembly to allow cities and towns to pursue a step toward regionalization. Years of talk about...

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.

Lieutenant Governor Daniel McKee
Lieutenant Governor Daniel McKee