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In last week's unanimous vote, Milledgeville's City Council decided to table and amend a new city-county consolidation charter, instead of sending it to this year's legislative session for approval.

That's after county commissioners voted 3-2 to send the charter to state legislature.

"We were prepared to take action on this issue," Mayor Richard Bentley said. "We didn't vote to postpone it or not to vote it. It was just a matter of a short session and the weather delays we've had over the past couple of weeks."

With Council voting the issue down, residents will have to wait at least another year to vote on consolidation.

Bentley said shortly before the Council meeting, he received a call from State Representative Rusty Kidd.

"He'd been informed by the legislative Council offices there'd not be enough time to have the charter entered for the floor of both the House and the Senate," Bentley said.

Bentley says he supports city-county consolidation, and that they will form a committee to continue talking about the idea.

"It will include 2 Council members, 2 commissioners, both managers, two original members of the charter writing committee and two citizens," Bentley said.

He says the goal is to get the charter entered into the next legislative session in January.

"We need to get some more detailed information on cost, drawing district, the impact on different departments," Bentley said. "Those are things we need to know."


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