Down This Road Before

Have we tried to merge the cities before?

No, not since the 19th century has there been a move to merge the two cities fully.  There have been, however, three study commissions in the last 30 years which recommended consolidating select municipal services.  While the identified savings were more than $2 million, the city councils did not implement the recommendations of any of the commissions.  Given that civic inaction, the Charter Commission is taking the concept one step further and taking it directly to the voters.