(Sorry that posting has been light/nonexistent. I was out of the office last week, visiting family, and despite my best intentions, didn't hit up the blog.)
In discussions with Shelby Countians, Rebuild Government has found that the issues they seem to care most about in consolidation discussions are crime, education, and ethics.
Education is off the table in the merger discussions, both because it's a hot-button issue and b/c, legally, neither the County Commission nor the City Council have the power to force the Memphis City Schools to consolidate.
But the metro charter commission recently approved ethical guidelines for the new government. In response, Rebuild Government has set up a survey to get feedback from citizens. You can take that survey by going here.
The first part of that same ethics survey, completed last week, "showed a mandate" for strong ethics policies with anti-nepotism approved by 91 percent, anti-cronyism approved by 81 percent, and anti-fraternization approved by 50 percent.
To read more about the metro government push in Shelby County, read the Flyer's earlier cover story: A Decent Proposal?