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Public hearings set for consolidation issue

May 8, 2006

Albany - People in Dougherty County will get a chance to hear how a consolidated city-county government would work and to weigh in on the proposed charter.

The first of four public hearings to discuss the consolidated charter is Monday at 7:00PM at the Central Square Complex on Pine Avenue. Citizens will be briefed on how the county would work if city and county services and governments are consolidated.

"We will take all the comments that are made into consideration. The charter commission will make any changes and then give the charter to the city and county commission," said Committee Member and county commissioner Lamar Hudgins.

The second hearing is Thursday at 7:00PM at Darton College in room 101 of Building B. The third will be at Albany Tech's conference center next Monday at 7:00PM. The final hearing is May 22nd at the East Albany Community Center.

After the public hearings, the new charter must be approved by both commissions, state lawmakers, the Justice Department and then voters. A study showed a consolidation could save taxpayers millions.

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