Decision To Be Made Soon On Dalton-Whitfield County Merger

The Dalton Daily Citizen is reporting that there should be a decision on the merger of Dalton and Whitfield County in the coming weeks:

“We should be able to put (the report) together at our next meeting on the 8th and have a final vote on the meeting after that on the 15th,” said Dalton businessman Phil Neff, subcommittee chairman.

If the commission recommends a full merger of the two governments, it would then draft a charter for the new consolidated government. The legislation that created the merger commission mandates it would be placed on the ballot this November in the general election. A majority of voters in both the city of Dalton and Whitfield County as a whole would have to approve that charter for the merger to take place.

This has been an on-going discussion for about a year that we’ve covered before.  The commission could make a recommendation of a full merger, partial merger, or no merger at all.  The final decision, based on legislation, will be up to the voters of Whitfield County and the city of Dalton.