published Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Georgia lawmakers see no problem with Whitfield-Dalton merger move

DALTON, Ga. — It should be possible to pass a bill creating a consolidation charter commission for Whitfield County and Dalton before the end of the 2011 legislative session, area lawmaker say.

Rep. Tom Dickson, R-Cohutta, said he supports the legislation after speaking to local leaders.

“I think it is a good first step and certainly worth going through to see what a consolidated government would look like,” Dickson said Tuesday. “It is a bit premature to say if it is a good thing or bad thing — it depends on the outcome from the charter commission.”

At a planning meeting over the weekend, city and county leaders agreed unanimously to move forward with consolidation steps. Leaders hope to place a charter referendum on the ballot in November 2012.

See Thursday’s Times Free Press for complete coverage.

about Mariann Martin...

Mariann Martin covers healthcare in Chattanooga and the surrounding region. She joined the Times Free Press in February 2011, after covering crime and courts for the Jackson (Tenn.) Sun for two years. Mariann was born in Indiana, but grew up in Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Belize. She graduated from Union University in 2005 with degrees in English and history and has master’s degrees in international relations and history from the University of Toronto. While attending Union, ...

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