Just saw where the organization that wants to "help" us "understand" consolidation is paying outside consultants for advice. Even if the study or advice is neutral, it is presented as a pro-consolidation study.
I have to wonder why "someone" (they won't say who) is paying so much money to ram through "consolidation"? Even to the point that they are trying to deny us (suburbs) the opportunity to vote on it? Why didn't the organization have the consultant provide a study on what Memphis can do NOW to improve, rather than attempt to use it as some type of pro-consolidation study?
A consultant served as Indianapolis Mayor from 1992-2000. Indianapolis adopted "unigov" (what they call consolidation) in 1970. If consolidation is so efficient, where did all the waste come from that Mayor Goldsmith eliminated in the 22 years since consolidation before he was elected Mayor? I applaud his accomplishments, but they hardly resulted from consolidation as is insinuated by the organization that wants a "conversation" about consolidation!
Good government comes from good elected people, not the type of government!
I think the answer for all of this is, as usual, money. From us, with our property taxes increased up to 40% for less service and more bureaucracy.
It doesn't take a lot of "conversation" to decide how to vote on that!