Part 2 in a series.
In our last issue we explored the advantages of consolidating with another governmental unit. Those advantages include improved management of growth and development, identifying and defending borders, developing a broader tax base, resource sharing and efficiency, enhanced ability to provide services, better coordination among taxing units and following the recommendations for better local government from the Kernan-Shepard report.
If you've reviewed the potential issues outlined in the first article and decided to pursue consolidation, the next step is to convene an ad hoc committee to discuss the merits of consolidation. The committee's findings should be presented to each governing body as you ask for approval to continue.
Next, create reorganization committees to break down key components for further discussion (i.e.-finance, public safety, ordinances, etc.).
Although many municipal finance and organizational consulting firms are contemplating the possibilities with their clients right now, we too would be pleased to meet on the subject. This is new territory for everyone, with the consolidation in Zionsville Indiana being the only real case study ... let's meet soon and work through the options.
Cender and Company