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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Possible consolidation of Albany and Dougherty County governments is back on the table.   City commissioner Roger Marietta asked city staff questions about consolidation.  

Marietta is the only commissioner who was not on the board in 2007 when they went through the proposed charter section by section.

He said Tuesday he wants to improve the charter so that it can pass through to voters. Commissioner Tommie Postell says he wants voters to have their say too, but he doesn't want it to pass.  

"It's only four areas that we're dealing with here. Those four areas would not change the economic structure of Albany/Dougherty County," Postell said.

The city and county departments that remain separate are public works, human resources, police, and finance.

Next Monday, city and county commissioners will hear from experts from the Carl Vinson Institute of Government who studies possible consolidation here.

 The plan is to pass some form of a charter for the public to vote on, rather than having the General Assembly force a vote on a charter it suggests.

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