"METRO GOVERNMENT IN THE TIME OF DEFICITS"
Written by Senator Eliot Shapleigh, www.shapleigh.org
"...local governments are taking a close look at consolidation, whereby city and county governments merge as a single taxing entity and service provider.... In 1962, the city of Nashville, Tennessee and the county of Davidson consolidated all services, including the public school systems, police, fire, water and sewer services, planning and zoning, and public works....
Other examples of successful Regional Metropolitan Governments can be found in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, and Portland, Oregon. ....consolidated governments also experienced a 17% increase in capita income, compared to 11% growth in non-consolidated regions."