BEVERLY, New Jersey: City of Beverly officials are looking to downsizing the number of public offices. Beverly has a population of 2,600 with as many public officials as larger towns like Atlantic City and Newark - 10 officials. In May 2009 the city council voted to petition the state legislature to adopt a law to authorize the downsizing of the council to five. Additionally the petition includes increasing the terms of office from three years to four. "Everybody knows that 10 elected officials for 3,000 people is ridiculous," said city council president Luis Crespo.
* New Jersey 2009 local ballot measures