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May 3, 2014

Now two groups analyzing unification charter

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“Most of the committee feels as though this committee should be the one that really looks at all of the cost factors and everything involved in the charter,” French said. “I’m not for the charter but still have to take a subjective look. If they are going to present a charter, it has to be good for the city and the county as well.

Commissioner Westmoreland also said an upcoming meeting will “see if the two committees could come together.”

“We don’t need to be headed in two separate directions,” the commissioner said. “We really don’t know what’s going on until something happens with [Rep. Kidd]. As soon as they make a decision, we will get back together.”

The elected official based committee won’t meet again until May 22.

Shinholster doesn’t see a reason for two independent groups, either.

“It doesn’t make sense for everybody to attempt to do this. If that’s the case, then we are putting forth a precedent that any group that comes up and wants to change the charter or the structure of an organization would have the right to do it,” the Councilwoman said.

The mayor sees the latest unification charter research committee as the best method to deliver a passable legislative document.

“We hope that (Kidd) will realize this is the process we’ll need. That’s not to say that whomever he has chosen can’t be a part of this. I don’t think this group is exclusive at all. They will welcome anybody,” Bentley said. “It may come out of our meeting with him that there is some type of cooperative effort between the two. I can’t say specifically because we just haven’t talked to him yet.”

As of press time Friday, Kidd said he hadn’t heard from anyone regarding this issue.

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