It's been a year since three Dougherty County Commissioners wasted your tax money, wasted the time of some dedicated community servants, and determined the issue of government consolidation should waste away.
Commissioners Stone, Hayes, and Searles voted to prevent the consolidation process from moving forward. The issue can't be revived unless one of those three men changes his mind. That's exactly what should happen. You need look no further than the need for a consolidated police force, to improve public safety, to seriously consider this decision.
Two study commissions spent years and thousands of dollars looking into the pros and cons of combining Albany and Dougherty County governments and services. They recommended the process keep moving so eventually voters could have a say-so.
Commissioners Stone, Hayes, and Searles don't want you to have a voice. You should ask them why?
Commissioner Hayes said he was not against the issue just needed more time for study.
Has he held one meeting in his district to educate voters on this issue? No
Has he mentioned once in a commission meeting since, the group should study the issue as the city commission has? No Hayes, in our last interview, seemed more concerned about the reduction in the total number of commissioners, in the new government. Based on this and many other issues, a smaller more effective number of commissioners would be a welcome change.
If they're against consolidation, fine. They can explain to voters why they think it's a bad idea. But for three people to keep tens of thousands of Dougherty County voters from having the chance to decide how our government, the government we pay for, should operate. That's just inexcusable.