With merged governments like Macon-Bibb, Augusta-Richmond, and Columbus-Muscogee, consolidation seems to be a part of Georgia's political vocabulary.
Now, Hawkinsville-Pulaski could become the latest city and county to consolidate their government, depending on what voters decide.
A charter commission appointed by the city and county created a new government which passed the Georgia Legislature this past session.
The new government would create a 5-member non-partisan commission, with 4 members elected from districts, and one chairperson-at-large.
One of the districts would also provide for more minority representation, since it was drawn to be 57% African-American.
Currently, both the Sheriff's department and the fire department are already consolidated, but other departments, like accounting and roads are not.
Charter commissioner members say they expect consolidating would save the county around $100,000 initially.
"It's a way to just have a very single vision where everybody is working for the same goals for all the citizens both in the city and county," explains Hugh Coleman, the chair of the Charter's commission.
In order to pass, the referendum must win majorities in the both the city and county.
In 1999, another consolidation proposal failed after narrowly missing enough county votes to pass.
There will be an information session on the proposed consolidation on Monday at 7 p.m. at the St. Thomas AME Church.
Early voting will begin Tuesday, and Election Day will be November 5th.
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