Albany - The Albany-Dougherty consolidation committee voted in favor of combining Albany and Dougherty County governments.
The board says tough economic times, a decrease in population and tax revenue loss are some of the reasons the study commission is reccommending consolidation.
They're writing up a report to present to city and county commissioners. Commission Chairman John White, says, "As I've been sitting at every meeting listening to the comments of all of them, it was not a surprise. I think many people believe we would be better off with a unified community."
If their recommendation is approved by city and county commissioners and state legislators it would go to the Justice Department and then voters.