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WMC-TV General Manager Lee Meredith

MY TURN: The value of consolidation

WMC-TV General Manager Lee Meredith WMC-TV General Manager Lee Meredith

I’d like to put speak again briefly on the idea of consolidating Memphis and Shelby County governments.

Some level of consolidation between the city and county governments is a good idea. There are some solid success stories from the communities across the country that have consolidated.

The biggest, of course, is that consolidation has the potential to save tax dollars by streamlining services.

Anther potential benefit would be to improve the area’s efforts for economic development. In many cases, the communities that have fought through the process of consolidation are seen as the areas “on the move.”

When was the last time you heard someone describe Memphis that way? Consolidation won’t solve all of our problems and it will take a lot of effort to work through the issues of exactly what we should consolidate, but the potential benefits are real and we have nothing to lose by having a thoughtful discussion on this.

That’s my turn. Now it’s your turn. To comment on this segment or anything else, email yourturn@wmctv.com or call 800-465-1210.

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