DO YOU SUPPORT THE MERGER OF CITY AND COUNTY GOVERNMENTS? WHY OR WHY NOT?
Yes, I would support the unification of city and county governments provided that the proposed merger agreement makes sense for both city and county residents. It seems that blending the two governments should eliminate duplication of services and sharpen our focus, which will be increasingly important in our rapidly changing world. We need a unified voice and presence to compete and grow.
The devil will be in the details of the proposed merger agreement, and my support will depend on the specifics. If the proposed plan improves services for citizens and businesses, eliminates waste, and saves taxpayer money, then why not?
Both governments, and their officials, will have to compromise on certain aspects of the plan. This will require courage and strong leadership. Further, any proposal will need to ensure that current employee’s jobs are maintained, at least until they retire or otherwise separate from service. As mayor, I will work to lead a government that is well-organized and productive. If merger helps to that end, then I am all for it.