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An urban growth boundary committee rejected a proposal tonight to study consolidation and open up discussions on expanding municipal urban growth boundaries.

The committee voted 12-5 against a proposal made by Chattanooga. There were two abstentions.

"The burden of proving this was on the city of Chattanooga," said County Mayor Jim Coppinger, chairman of the committee. "As they stated, there was no specific amendment."

Littlefield called for convening the committee three months ago. He said he wanted to talk about growth occurring in the county, along with ways the city and county could consolidate services.

The meeting tonight was the first meeting. Coppinger said there are no other meetings planned.

For more information, read tomorrow's edition of the Times Free Press.

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