Governments encouraged to merge

  • Article by: KEVIN GILES , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 9, 2012 - 9:37 PM

A Legislative Auditor evaluation said that mergers would prevent wasteful duplication of service in cities, counties and townships.

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twincitizen1May. 18, 1211:30 AM

Step 1: Repeal the law that forbids city-county mergers in MN and allow the state to loan cities & counties some start-up money to begin the merger process. You have to spend a little money now to save a lot later. Step 2: Enact a statewide county reduction act. The size of our counties was established in the horse & buggy era, literally as in how far one could travel by horse in a day. Look at western states, or even St. Louis County in MN...the county sizes are much larger and work just fine. Smaller counties can be merged. Also, St. Cloud needs to be in one county, rather than 3 like it is now. Step 3: Smaller suburbs in the Twin Cities, mostly of the first-ring variety are typically way too small. I would start by merging New Hope and Crystal, maybe even Robbinsdale into one municipality. The same for Lauderdale-Falcon Hts-Roseville, Maplewood-North St Paul, West/South St. Paul, and Brooklyn Park/Center. This doesn't necessarily mean that distinct neighborhoods (e.g. DT Robbinsdale, North St Paul, etc) would lose their identity, they would just be part of larger, more efficient municipal governments.

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