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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Consolidation Works For PA's 2nd Largest City, St. Marys

City of St. Marys shows how others can reverse slide

By Adam Smeltz

ST. MARYS — Scattered across nearly 100 square miles, people here depend on just one fire company, one police force, one street department.

It's exactly how this sprawling Elk County community wants it.

Residents in St. Marys borough and Benzinger Township voted in 1991 to contain costs and merge their neighboring municipalities into a rural mega-town: the City of St. Marys. Two decades in, local leaders say Pennsylvania's newest city has gotten past territorial sniping, saved millions in government wages and burnished a profile as a regional hub for business in northern Pennsylvania.

“I won't pretend it was easy meshing everything together,” said town historian Ray Beimel, remembering stress over feared tax increases and cuts in public services. “Except for a few cranks, you hear almost no one now say it was a bad idea.”

St. Marys is the second-biggest city in Pennsylvania by land mass, behind Philadelphia and about 1.7 times the size of Pittsburgh. About 13,000 people live in its rolling countrysides and small-town streetscapes, an area about 50 times larger than the third-class cities of Allegheny County. Read more...

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