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Last charter public hearing held

May 22, 2006 

Albany-- After hearing both positive and negative feedback, city and county leaders will now consider your input as they draw up a proposed consolidated government charter.  

Taxpayers filled the East Albany Community Center Monday night for the fourth and final consolidation public hearing. It would combine City of Albany and Dougherty County governments and services and could save millions of dollars.

If the charter passes, the area would be split into eight districts with eight commissioners and a CEO. Charter committee members say they value citizen input and will consider opinions as they finalize the charter.  

"It might necessitate change and it may not but that's why we're having this hearing to see if there are things that the citizens desire to be put in the charter that we have not considered," says George Brown of the Charter Commission.  

The charter commission will present a final draft to the city and the county commissions. If they approve it, it will then move to the state legislature followed by the Justice Department and then voters in the city and county.  

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