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BTH: Local Government Consolidation

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This week on Channel 10’s Behind the Headlines, Shelby County Commissioner Reginald B. Milton and Memphis City Councilman Chase Carlisle join host Eric Barnes and the Daily Memphian reporter Bill Dries to talk about city and county government consolidation.

In 2010 there was a vote to consolidate Memphis City and Shelby County governments, but it was defeated. Recently, there has been a new push to bring consolidation back to the ballot for a revote.

Before a merger proposal can be considered, a diverse charter council is assembled to gather data and research about how the consolidation would work. Memphis City Councilman Chase Carlisle says there is a multitude of benefits to a merger, but many are hesitant because of preconceived notions and misinformation.

Guests explain what local government consolidation would look like, what it means for schools, taxes, and more.