In two months, Shelby County residents will have the opportunity to go to the polls to vote on whether to consolidate Memphis city and Shelby County governments. The issue is a complex one, suggesting that voters would be well served to thoughtfully weigh the pros and cons of a government merger.
Of course, that's not nearly as much fun as a good fight, so many people on both sides of the issue are skipping the analysis phase and going right into the ring. Clearly the fates of Memphis and Shelby County are intertwined, and this issue is worthy of study by anyone who lives in either jurisdiction.
So, I had to laugh when read this article in the Commercial Appeal. It says Germantown city officials planned a strategy on how to fight consolidation without using taxpayer money.
Then, according to the article, they approved taxpayer funds to print bill stuffers on consolidation that would go in the city water bills. They justified this by pledging the bill stuffers would be unbiased.
Like I said, I had to laugh when I read that one.
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