Discussions on the Pros and Cons of Consolidation. Presented by Pat Hardy: The University of Tennessee’s Municipal Technical Advisory Service. We will talk about:. 1. The history of consolidation in the U.S. 2. Hard research related to consolidated jurisdictions.
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Presented by Pat Hardy:
The University of Tennessee’s Municipal Technical Advisory Service
1. The history of consolidation in the U.S.
2. Hard research related to consolidated jurisdictions.
3. Some commonly cited pros and cons of consolidation.
1. Particulars related to the process of consolidation.
2. Opinions about consolidation.
In the past 40 years there has been a net decrease of 31,801 units of local government in the U.S.
… the decrease has been largely confined to a reduction in the number of school districts.
In fact, an additional 2,472 “general purpose” governments were created during the same period. Most of these have been cities.
It also means:
- About 3,069 counties in the U.S.
- 38 of these are “consolidated” – that’s 1%
- Really, only about 24 (3/4 of 1%)
- Since 1976, only 13 consolidations.
Hartsville/Trousdale County - 2001
Nashville/Davidson County - 1962
Lynchburg/MooreCounty - 1988
There is a tendency to support the study of consolidation, but not actual consolidation…
73% support for study commissions
47% for actual consolidation.
Thus, most voters who initially support a look at consolidation do not later support consolidation itself.
Hypothesis: Citizens served by metropolitan government will be more satisfied with services than citizens served by a smaller municipality.
This hypothesis was not supported by the data.
In fact, to a large extent the opposite was found.
First go to: mtas.tennessee.edu
Then click: “Find Useful Links”
Then click: “City Administration”
Then click: “Consolidation Information”
Then find: - This PowerPoint
- Consolidation Research and History paper.
- Consolidation Pros and Cons paper.