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Taking a Stand: City/County Merger

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By Vice-President/General Manager Debbie Bush

After nearly 40 years of trying and three failed attempts, the timing may finally be right for a marriage between Evansville and Vanderburgh County Government.

This week, the League of Women Voters of Southwestern Indiana announced it will attempt to gather at least 2,600 signatures by October 15th.

The group wants the merger question on the 2010 November ballot. 

League President Roberta Heiman says with "worsening financial problems facing local government, it is time to consider all possible remedies."

We wouldn't be the first.  Indianapolis, Louisville and Nashville have all gone to a metro form of streamlining government.

The proposal has a lot of merit and we feel the League is on the right track by letting voters have their say. 

There's no game plan yet for details like fire protection in the county, but those could be worked out later. 

Our stand:  We feel this is an important first step.  Get the merger on the ballot and let the healthy debate begin. 

To respond to this editorial, send an e-mail or call 812-253-0107.  You can send a letter to me at: Debbie Bush, WFIE-TV, and P.O. Box 1414, Evansville, IN 47701.

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