COMMISSIONERS VOTE FOR MERGER: Vanderburgh County Commissioners have taken one of the final steps needed to place a question on merging city and county governments before for the voters next year (Gootee, Evansville Courier & Press). During their meeting Tuesday night, Commissioners Marsha Abell and Lloyd Winnecke supported the resolution which enables a referendum in November 2012, while Commissioner Stephen Melcher voted against it. Now for the plan officials have spent the last five months discussing to get onto the ballot, the Evansville City Council must approve the exact same resolution as the commissioners. The City Council is scheduled to vote on the proposal Sept. 26. Melcher’s lone dissenting vote came as no surprise after his own proposal adding a so-called voter threshold died without a vote after neither Abell or Winnekce seconded it. Under a threshold, city voters and those who live outside city limits would have had to give separate majority approval for the two governments to merge. The proposal being considered requires a simple countywide majority from voters at the polls for the new government structure to take effect in January 2015.
In Larry Riley’s column Sunday(11-20-11) he mentions a brief conversation with Delaware County Commissioner Todd Donati.
Dismissively waiving his hand, Donati grinned and suggested, “We don’t need to vote on consolidation.”
The allusion would be to the referendum next November on completely reorganizing Muncie and Delaware County into one political unit, something Donati and fellow Democrats do not want to see
With both City and County under the control of one political party, the consolidation as alluded by President Donati will be one that will not include the voters or citizens of Delaware County. In fact, the vote has already been tainted by the 67% threshold.
As with the proposed animal control in 2010, which combined services, it was not in the best interest of the city residents. E911 is another interlocal agreement which has been fuzzy for at least a decade. One that has not been favorable to…city residents. I believe the law suit should go to the finish line. If the city is favored, we can be assured the truth has been revealed. If the city doesn’t prevail, we can be assured the truth has been revealed. Let’s dispel any doubts and go into the new administration with a clean slate.
Can Delaware county do it? Your guess is as good as mine.