Merger would ease conflicts, Dalton panel told

photo Whitfield County Commission Chairman Mike Babb

DALTON, Ga. - A merger of city and county governments would solve many of the problems facing Dalton and Whitfield County, leaders told the charter commission on Wednesday afternoon.

County Commission Chairman Mike Babb and Dalton Mayor David Pennington spoke about how consolidation would affect residents.

The commission's consolidation study could lead to a voter referendum in November 2012.

"It is time for us to get ahead of the curve, and we can do this much better as a unified government than we can do it separately," Pennington said. "If you look around our county, we are not a rural county anymore."