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City, county to meet Tuesday to discuss consolidation issues
Public meeting will be held at 1 p.m. at the Bulloch County Center for Agriculture
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    Bulloch County Commissioners, Statesboro City Council members, and other concerned citizens and community leaders will meet Tuesday, Aug. 18, to discuss possible consolidation issues.
    Speaking at the meeting, which will be held at 1 p.m. at the Bulloch County Center for Agriculture, will be David Key from the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, and Dave Wills of the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia, said Bulloch County Manager Tom Couch.
    Key will lead a discussion regarding a possible scope for a proposed consolidation study.  In July, Statesboro city council members voted to fund half of the cost of a consolidation study, which was estimated to cost up to but not more than $40,000.
    Bulloch County Commissioners voted to transfer funds into an account in preparation for funding the county's half — up to $20,000 — in anticipation of possible agreement to fund the study. Couch suggested waiting to vote on an agreement until after the Carl Vinson Institute provided a scope of work.
    But the same day county commissioners voted to transfer the funds in anticipation of an agreement to help fund the study, Statesboro city councilmen voted to withdraw their vote to fund the city's half.
    Couch said Wills will give his perspective on consolidation during Tuesday's meeting. Will is former Sole Commissioner of Webster County, where he was involved with the recent consolidation with the City of Preston, the county seat, he said.
    The meeting is open to the public. However, seating is limited due to building capacity, he said.
    Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.
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