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Reviewed Date: May 31, 2017

Original Author: 
Darden, Don
Date Created: 
Aug 18, 2004


Subjects:
Metropolitan government--Tennessee
Metropolitan government
Metropolitan government--Charters
Charters
Governmental units--Consolidation
Cannon County (Tenn)

Creation of Metropolitan Government

Summary: 
MTAS was asked if the Town of Woodbury could stop a proposed effort to implement metropolitan government in Cannon County, Tennessee.

Knowledgebase-Creation of Metropolitan Government

August 18, 2004


Mrs. Charlene Odom
City Recorder
102 Tatum Street
Woodbury, TN 37190

Re: Creation of Metropolitan Government

Dear Mrs. Odom:

You have indicated that there is an effort underway in Cannon County to initiate a metropolitan government, and have asked what the Town of Woodbury’s role would be in such a proposed consolidation.

As provided in Tennessee Code Annotated7-2-101, the first step in a consolidation is the creation of a metropolitan government charter commission by one of the following ways:

1. Adoption of a consolidation resolution by the county commission and by adoption of a substantially similar resolution by the governing body of the principle city (Woodbury) in the county. [Note: If the Town of Woodbury fails to adopt this resolution, the consolidation cannot proceed by this method].
2. By private act of the legislature.
3. A petition signed by qualified voters of the county, equal to at least 10% of the number of votes cast in the county for governor in the last gubernatorial election. [Note: Theoretically, 10% of county voters who live outside the city limits of the Town of Woodbury could force a referendum on the question of consolidation. My advice is to assume that 10% of the voters will sign the petition].

I hope that this answers your question. Please feel free to contact me if I may provide additional information.

Sincerely,


Don Darden
Municipal Management Consultant


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