Viewpoint: LOST Problems Calls for Consolidation

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Taxpayers in Albany and Dougherty County got quite a scare last week when the county and city commission at first disagreed in how the current local option sales tax money should be distributed.

Luckily the two boards were able to reach an agreement that will keep the sales tax money rolling into the city and county for another nine years.

Last week's brief impasse is a continuation of a long running disagreement between the two sides on how much sales tax money each should get.

Both sides have hired consultants who tell them they each deserve more of the current 60/40 split with the city getting the bigger share of the pie.

There is one easy solution to this problem.

Let city and county voters decide on whether to consolidate the two governments.

Four of Georgia's big cities: Columbus, Athens, Augusta, and Macon, already have consolidated governments. It is time to let the people in Albany and Dougherty County let their voices be heard on this issue.