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More input from citizens on proposed charter

May 15, 2006

Albany-- City and county leaders briefed citizens a third time about a proposed city-county charter.

Representatives from UGA's Carl Vinson Institute told voters how consolidated government and services would affect them. The charter would combine everything from law enforcement to public works and prevent duplication of services.

Albany and Dougherty County would become a single government split into eight districts. If the charter passes, it could save tax money when certain bodies join together.

"We know that there are some savings to consolidation, even in the short-term, there's some savings. A good example is you have a brand new law enforcement building that the city has. There is room in that building for your county police to merge with your city police," says John O'Looney of the Carl Vinson Institute.

The final hearing is next Monday at 7 p.m. at the East Albany Community Center.

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