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City moves consolidation charter forward

By Len Kiese - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Albany city leaders say they're ready for voters to have their say on government consolidation.

Tuesday night, city commissioners gave final approval to a consolidated charter to send to the Georgia General Assembly. They worked for the past several months on guidelines for possible consolidation with Dougherty County.

Commissioner Roger Marietta says they made changes in recent days including agreeing on a full-time CEO to head up a potential consolidated government.

"We want the people to have a say. We want the people to be able to vote on it. I think there's a mixed feeling among the commissioners as to whether it's a good thing or not but we agree the people should have a vote on it and we're just moving it forward," said Marietta.

Dougherty County commissioners have a special called meeting Wednesday to discuss their proposed charter. After it goes through the General Assembly, voters could decide on the consolidation referendum next year.

If it passes, they would elect commissioners for the consolidated government in 2012.

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