(written by Steven Currie, not affiliated with What’s Up Clarksville but wanted to inform our followers of the movement to consolidate government. Any questions can be directed to him via his email address at: [email protected]).
As a you may know there is a movement to consolidate the city and county into one metro type government. As an opponent of consolidation here are some facts you should know. In a UT study on government consolidation they reported that in an analysis of 164 counties in 16 southern states, Richard Wagner and Warren Weber found that consolidation and centralization led to higher expenditures. The Purdue study says that “the bulk of the evidence indicates that consolidation increases taxes and spending.” And then there is this “A number of studies have shown that expenditures tend to rise under consolidated jurisdictions at rates higher than in decentralized government structures.”
In addition to this factual evidence, there are the actions of the Charter Commission, which has been tasked with writing a new charter. The Charter Commission was created by legislation from both the City & the County, so they are a public body. At the 11/21/17 Charter Commission meeting, they plotted ways to convert people opposed to consolidation to approving it with a deceptive telephone poll survey. They even discussed “The goal is to position county voters against city voters and vice-versa while pushing “VOTE YES” as the solution to their problems with one another.” This does not sound like they want to unite our community.
Also, there will be meetings held at the Dotsonville Community Center for anyone interested in learning more and/or opposing: