A bold move toward consolidation
Delavan and Darien have shared a public school system for decades. In September, the city of Delavan sealed an intergovernmental agreement with the village and town of Darien that allows residents from all three communities to participate in each other’s recreational programs at reduced costs.
Now, Delavan and the village of Darien have taken shared services to new heights. Effective Jan. 1, the Delavan Police Department will serve the city and village.
Lots of neighboring communities have discussed intergovernmental agreements and ways to cooperate that serve residents while saving tax dollars. Too often, however, parochial attitudes throw up roadblocks.
Sharing services, however, is an idea again gaining steam as the financial pressure on local governments mounts. Is having one police department serve both Delavan and Darien a good idea?
We’ll share our perspectives in our editorial Tuesday.