A recent study on fire service in the town of Whitestown concluded what some people had suspected all along: The town is paying too much for fire services provided by its four villages.The OD implies that all fire and police services should be consolidated at the Town level. . . .
While consolidation among adjoining villages (or even with Utica) would make sense, consolidation with large unincorporated areas does not. That type of consolidation causes more harm than good because it costs more to provide services to people who choose to locate a distance from the population center.
Consolidation at the Town level will mean that Village residents would be subsidizing services to the outlying areas in the Town ... That would encourage more urban sprawl, and up everyone's cost in the long run.
Consolidation at the wrong level will result in less, rather than more, efficient government.