A quote from the January 2008 issue of Memphis magazine gives the REAL reason for the consolidation push:
"by moving regionally oriented services-schools, parks, health care, museums, and arenas-to the larger county tax base, the Memphis property tax base can be reduced until it's comparable to Germantown's".
(Article entitled "Phoning It In" , page 29)'
I have seen similar statements in other publications and by individuals pushing consolidation.
I guess I don't care if anybody, whether a City or individual drives a "Hummer", but I don't see why I should be forced to pay for it, especially if a City or individual feels a hybrid is sufficient for their needs.