The comments by a 9-1-1 Board Member recently illustrates how the suburbs would be treated if "consolidation" is approved.
The comments (saying the suburbs are "toy towns" and other demeaning remarks) are what Lakeland and other suburbs could expect if consolidation is ever approved.
While Lakeland is well served by Shelby County dispatch, the other suburbs have legitimate reasons why they prefer to keep 9-1-1 dispatch in their cities. Instead of being asked for possible alternatives, we get demeaning remarks.
These comments, and comments by a Memphis City Council that the suburbs "shouldn't have a vote" in Metro Government even though we are certainly affected by Shelby County illustrate the future if consolidation is approved!
Regardless of what the organization running the very expensive (where did they get the money) campaign to force consolidation on the suburbs says, it is the people not the structure that matters. If the same people are running "consolidated" government as are making demeaning, ignorant comments about the suburbs now, this is exactly what we would get after consolidation!