I work in an area where over the last dozen years or so seven agencies near me have either built or are planning new stations. Recently, it was brought up that the average cost of each building was about 10 million dollars. At no point from the center of these towns is any distance more than about 15 or 20 miles. Some people have pointed out that if we were regional, we could have built the best station in the history of modern policing for our size and we wouldn't have come near 70 million dollars. In my town, the finance committee and selectboard are all business people. They are all about cutting costs and consolidating town services. They often cite that in their businesses they have successfullly outsourced wherever possible. Some cops say regionalization will never happen because of politics or turf issues. My personal favorite is that local officers shouldn't be regionalized because they didn't go to the MSP academy. I can tell you that the political decision care know nothing about these issues. They have no idea that these issues even exist. They are focused on the bottom line.