During the mid-to-late 1970's, I lived in Augusta, GA. I was the CEO of the city's coliseum/sports arena/exhibition hall. The governments of Richmond County, Georgia and the city government of Augusta, Georgia merged into the Augusta-Richmond County Consolidated Government in 1995 with 66.7% voting yes. Three previous attempts failed (in 1971 with 41.5% voting yes; in 1974 with 48.5% voting yes; and in 1976 with 45.5% voting yes).
So, it took twenty-four years to get it done. A new generation had to make it happen. Why is it so very difficult to get people to accept change? Now, their citizens are prospering and they are pleased with the cost savings and the improved delivery of public services. The police, fire and medical services for the consolidated government are well-respected and admired and the infrastructure is modern and well-maintained.
Ditto for the Consolidated Government of Columbus, Georgia (Muscogee County). I was the CEO 0f the Ironworks Convention and Trade Center from 1985 to 1988. The City of Columbus, GA and Muscogee County (GA) governments consolidated much earlier than August-Richmond County (1970), with 80.7% voting for approval. Consolidation had failed in 1962 with only 42.1% in favor. The City of Columbus and the Government of Muscogee County consolidated their governments, and because of that decision on the part of the Muscogee County voters, the area has experienced prosperity and enjoys a high standard of public services.
What did the citizens do to make it happen? All of the "good ole boys" were required to relinquish their positions at the public trough. Everyone had to give up his or her long-held turf. That will have to happen in Cabell County.
Why is our state always fifty-years behind in taking action for needed change? Will the people of Cabell County rise-up and vote for consolidation? I will vote - YES! The future generations of our county will praise us for having the guts and foresight to defeat the "good ole boy network"! Layered-government is too expensive - one government is less costly, more efficient and more capable of delivering quality public services.
This is an idea whose time has come for our county! We must stop being self-absorbed and think about the future and what will be best for our children and their children. Would you consider supporting the consolidation of the City of Huntington and the Cabell County Government for the future welfare of our area?
How about this name – The Consolidated Government of Cabell County?