Along with next week’s Presidential primary, voters in Maury County will be deciding on consolidating into a Metro Government similar to Nashville.
Under the proposal, the city of Columbia and Maury County would combine into a single government. The towns of Spring Hill and Mount Pleasant would remain separate. It’s a big deal—departments merging, creating a single county commission—but Michael Chester says some residents are unaware of the vote. He’s with SOCM-Statewide Organizing for Community Empowerment.
“Just this week I brought up in a conversation with someone and they had no idea. Never heard of it.”
SOCM hasn’t taken a side on the Metro issue, but it will be hosting a forum Tuesday night, where residents can ask questions of both sides. Supporters say Metro government will save money and make Maury County more attractive for businesses. Opponents say the claims of savings are nebulous and property taxes will go up.
The push for consolidation came from a voter petition drive in 2010. Many of Maury County’s current elected leaders aren’t fans of the Metro Government proposal. All of the municipalities and the county commission have passed resolutions against it.