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I feel a lot of information has been left out of the discussion about Charter County Government. There needs to be a little more understanding to the city resident/taxpayer position. First the law in place gives the majority of the study commission to one government, the county. This is unfair to city residents and taxpayers. I am not opposed to merger, I even think in the times we live in today it could be good. However when you are creating a plan to redistribute assets of two governments both should have an equal seat at the table. City residents/taxpayers over 200 years ago choose to form a city and pay additional taxes for services. Even today many others, and I, have chosen to live in the city and to make the sacrifices to build strong city services.
Once a plan for Charter Government is completed, the law grants the right to those outside the incorporated city the right to vote on a plan to dissolve that incorporated city. Once again fair? There are about 700 voters in the city compared to 10,000 in the county. These concerns have merit. This would also prevent other groups of citizens to form a city in Spencer County if they choose to do so.
There are laws on the books to allow citizens of an incorporated city to dissolve itself if they no longer can afford or wish to provide services. There is no outcry from city residents for this. Merger should be about fairness and partnerships.
I understand the frustrations that lead to the discussion of charger government; but we address those issues at the polls. Lowers taxes and and understanding of governmental budgeting will be coming to the city in 2010! I think we all want to see our city and county both do well and therefore we should proceed with a system that is fair to both governments and taxpayers.
Nathan B. Nation