Wednesday May 26, 2010 | City/County Consolidation

May 25, 2010 at 11:23 am | Posted in Coming Up | 7 Comments

The County budget has been announced and there will be deep cuts and strained resources for virtually every service under county control. The City of Charlotte is in a similar budget crisis, so the talk of consolidating city and county services has heated up again. We’ve invited members of the County Commission and City Council to join us to talk about exactly what services could be consolidated, how much money might be saved and what it would mean for the administration of many services that are now separate. We’ll take a look at city/county consolidation.
Guests
Jennifer Roberts
– Chairwoman, County Commission At-Large
Karen Bentley – County Commission Member, District 1
Patrick Cannon – City Councilman At-Large
Warren Cooksey – City Councilman, District 7

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  1. Well, well, well, here we are again discussing CONSOLIDATION! Imagine that, this issue has been brought up who knows how many times and there was always some excuse as to why IT JUST COULD NOT HAPPEN, NOT IN OUR BEST INTEREST!!! I can only wonder where we might be today if we had taken care of this ten years ago… Politics!

  2. More consolidation, more centralization — all aspects of the American government are becoming more and more Soviet-esque every day.

  3. Do these county raises include teachers?????

  4. A little off the path. In the city why do we have both City Manager and Mayor. The mayor is elected seperatly from the City Council. I believe other cities have the same situation but the Mayor is elected from within the City Council thus saving and extra election and extra salary, is that something we could consider.

  5. Consolidation long overdue.
    Consider outdoor maintenance…city owned property and sometimes adjacent county owned property using two crews,trucks,gas,equipment to cut grass. Plus CMS outdoor maintenance at schools. Street sweepers could swing thru school parking lots or greenway paved paths easily.
    Volume purchasing for discounts…office supplies and machines, computer standardization and repair, cars and Segways.
    Recycling…
    Use some of money saved by eliminating duplication of services to buy more bike racks for municipal areas.
    Check out Miami Dade County.

  6. We will be forever trying to catch up until we learn to consolidate and work together. We are all in this together. Let’s stop holding on to mine and yours. There is no mine and yours here, it is all ours. Let’s be thankful for this beautiful part of the world we have inherited and vow to take the best care of it that we can, with all of our citzens thriving.

    We need strong schools, parks and libraries in place with programs that are excessible to all. These institutions set the foundation for a flourishing “World Class” city.

  7. Thank you all for your comments during this show. For Mike: The raise proposal that was discussed during the show was a part of the city budget, not the county budget. Teacher salaries are funded by the county.


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