Monroe County, city leaders revisit consolidation talks

MONROE COUNTY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Consolidation talks are brewing again in Monroe County.

The Middle Georgia Regional Commission put together a study showing the effects consolidation has had on other counties in the state. Leaders from the county as well as the cities of Forsyth and Culloden have talked about possibly merging for more than two decades. 

Planners say this is just a study, there aren’t plans for consolidation and if the governments want to move forward it would be up to them and residents to decide.

“If they then want to appoint a committee, a citizens committee to review it further, go through the numbers, get feedback from the community, discuss whether they want to put a stroll poll on the ballot. They would have the data to proceed at that point,” Todd Tolbert with the Forsyth-Monroe County Chamber of Commerce.

Monroe County Commission Chair Mike Bilderback says county leaders went into the meeting wanting to know the facts and figures of the possible move.

“It was said in the meeting that pretty much what you’re consolidating is the bureaucracy. You’re not really looking at a consolidation in terms of money saving. So that was the most surprising thing to me,” Bilderback said. 

41NBC also reached out to representatives from Forsyth and Culloden, but haven’t heard back. Bilderback says he and commissioners will take time over the next year to consider if they want to move forward with consolidation. 

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