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Town hall on Albany-Dougherty consolidation

By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - There's finally movement on the issue of government consolidation, and residents in the city are trying to find out how a joint government with the county would affect them.

About two dozen showed up at a town hall meeting in Albany to find out more.

People had a host of questions for city and county leaders who were at the meeting to explain the pros and cons of consolidation and give their comments.

If Dougherty County and Albany join governments, four major areas will be affected, Finance, human resources, public works and police.

The move is supposed to be a cost saving measure.

One woman told us she just needs more information about what it all means for taxpayers.

"I want to learn about exactly what is proposed I'm thinking there will be advantages and disadvantages in the city and county, I like to be well informed before I offer my opinion," said Laurie Jenkins, City Of Albany Resident.

Once the city and county commissions vote on a consolidated charter, it will be sent to the General Assembly before voters get to decide.

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