ALPINE TOWNSHIP — By privatizing its youth soccer leagues in the fall of 2003, Alpine Township has helped retain its patrolling police officer for 2004. The township had faced expenditure increases in a variety of budget areas, including insurance, elections and storm water mandates.

Some in the community were upset when they heard of the move to privatize the soccer leagues, but baseball leagues in the area are already independently managed and run at no cost to the township. Soccer teams will still be permitted to use township fields. The privatization of the soccer program, which last year served 360 children, will save the township an estimated $20,000.