At the June 6th regional Selectmen meeting, the seven participating towns discussed pooling the purchase of electricity with a small, but significant savings of maybe $3000-5000 per town annually. Serving Moultonboro, New Hampshire Electric Coop is the smallest of NH's electric companies with a market share of about 11%. Being so small, the savings are more difficult to squeeze out, but still significant. More importantly though, it proves the hypothesis that towns can work together to be more efficient.
There are many opportunities out there to regionalize municipal services, not just to save money, but to improve services. We just need to continue to think out of the box and not be afraid to try something new. Duplicating the exact service just across the town line just doesn't always make sense.
Perhaps each of the seven towns participating can next look at some best practice models in each town for the services they provide, so that the other member towns can build on that success. Following that, a test model for how these services in one or two areas can be implemented regionally to continue to prove the concept.
Each town is unique and independent, and the resistance to any change to that will be hard to overcome, but it is possible if we just keep at it and keep the the conversations going.