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February 4, 2014

County first to vote on unification charter

MILLEDGEVILLE —

Weather postponed the City of Milledgeville’s vote on a resolution on the proposed draft charter for a unified government last Tuesday.

Now, the Baldwin County Commissioners are first in the voting line. 

Tuesday's regular meeting agenda holds a unification item.

The resolution on the county commission agenda states, “the next step in the process to unify the governments of Baldwin County and the City of Milledgeville is the approval of a resolution requesting that the local delegation of the Georgia General Assembly introduce legislation in the State Legislature to approve and adopt the proposed Charter.”

County Commission Chairman Sammy Hall, District 3, said the board will vote the resolution up or down.

In January, the Unified Government Charter Writing Committee formerly requested that both city and county governments forward an approved referendum request to the state legislature thereby allowing the citizens of Milledgeville and Baldwin County to vote for or against the Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia Unified Government Charter on the November General Election ballot.

Local legislatures have to know their next move considering the 2014 session ends in mid-March.

Chair of the Unified Government Charter Writing Committee Ken Vance said Monday the “whole goal is letting the people vote on the charter.”

“That’s all we are asking,” Vance said. “If you are against the charter, then get out and campaign against it. If you are for the charter, then get out and campaign for it. To deny the public the right to vote on this issue kind of goes against everything an elected person ought to stand for.”

The foundation charter for a Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia Unified Government was completed by a diverse eight-member Unified Government Charter Writing Committee and released May 1, 2013. 

The writing committee’s work toward letting citizens vote on government consolidation began two years ago.

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