Well, it’s evident that the consolidation filibuster might end soon.
If that’s the case, then Mayor Willie Adams indeed may be right; there may be some hope for us who care about our community, after all.
As a refresher, here are a few reasons why consolidating political bodies, administrations, jobs and services makes perfect sense.
1. Duplicative political positions and municipal jobs and services would be eliminated; thus, there would be cost savings. The evidence is crystal clear that merging governments is costly initially and saves money in the long run if the design of the new government has built-in efficiencies, as was the case in the charter proposed by the Albany-Dougherty County Charter Commission comprised of six city and county commissioners and two citizens (George Brown and Rev. Don Key).
2. Accountability would improve. Time and time again, although more so in private than in public, the Albany city manager, mayor and city commission blame Dougherty County for their failures, and – periodically – vice versa. That excuse couldn’t be used any longer. Not that some of these folks in charge wouldn’t find someone else to blame if they remain in charger after the merger.
3. Clarity would occur. Jurisdiction, tax sources, planning capacity and legal powers would be less confusing and, thus, improved, under a consolidated government
The above contemplates Dougherty County residents going to the polls every two years and making wise choices. If they don’t, we could have two screwed-up governments rather than one. In other words, you get who you elect, no matter the form of government.
written by Kevin Hogencamp.