WHEREAS, the citizens of ___________ County and the City (Town) of _____________ deserve the most efficient, economical, and responsive local government possible; and,
WHEREAS, the general law of Tennessee provides for the consolidation of a county government with the county’s largest municipality (and with other municipalities in the county if the largest municipality consolidates) approved by the voters of the municipality and the voters of the county residing outside the largest municipality; and,
WHEREAS, the general law provides for the formation of a metropolitan government charter commission to prepare a charter for a new consolidated government know in the general law as a metropolitan form of government; and
WHEREAS, the citizens of the City (Town) of ______________ and _________ County deserve the opportunity to review a metropolitan charter and vote on whether or not to consolidate the county’s largest municipality with the county and form a metropolitan government, with the possible inclusion of the smaller municipality of the City (Town) of ________________; and,
WHEREAS, Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 7-2-104, requires that whenever a metropolitan government charter commission is formed, it is the duty of the legislative body of the county to appropriate at least twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000), but not more than fifty thousand dollars ($50,000), to defray the expenses of the charter commission; and,
WHEREAS, the appropriation of funds to defray the expenses of a metropolitan government charter commission will entail an amendment to the county general fund budget;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of County Commissioners of ____________ County, Tennessee, in a __________ meeting on this ______ day of __________, 20___, that:
SECTION 1. A metropolitan charter commission shall be established pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 7, Chapter 2, to propose to the voters of the City (Town) of ____________ and ____________ County, the consolidation of all, or substantially all, of the governmental and corporate functions of the City (town) of ________________ and ___________ County, and the creation of a metropolitan government for the administration of consolidated functions.
SECTION 2. The County Executive (or Mayor) of ____________ County is authorized and directed to appoint ten (10) members of the metropolitan charter commission, subject to the confirmation of the Board of County Commissioners of ____________ County, and the Mayor of the City (Town) of ______________ is authorized to appoint five (5) members of the metropolitan government charter commission, subject to confirmation by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen (or Board of Commissioners or Council) of the City (Town) of ____________________.
SECTION 3. The County Executive and the Mayor are directed to appoint persons to the metropolitan government charter commission who are broadly representative of their respective areas and that an effort be made to include representatives from various political, social, and economic groups within the city (town) and county.
SECTION 4. The metropolitan government charter commission shall perform its work in the manner and according to the timetable established in the general law.
SECTION 5. Members of the metropolitan government charter commission shall not receive per diem or other compensation for their services, except reimbursement of actual expenses incurred by members in behalf of the charter commission.
SECTION 6. Although non required to participate in the work of the metropolitan charter commission or to consolidate with the largest city and county, the City (Town) of ___________, is invited to send a representative to consult with the metropolitan government charter commission and to participate in accordance with Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 7-2-107.
SECTION 7. The county general fund is amended as follows:
Account Approved Budget Amended
Number Account Budget Amendments Budget
_______ Unappropriated Bal. __________ $25,000.00 ________________
Fund Balance (up to $50,000)
_______ Metropolitan Govt. __________ $25,000.00 ________________
Charter Commission (up to $50,000)
SECTION 8. All resolutions or ordinances in conflict with this resolution are repealed insofar as any conflict exists.
SECTION 9. This resolution shall take effect upon approval of a substantially similar resolution by the Board of Aldermen (or Board of Commissioners or Council) of the City (Town) of ___________, Tennessee, or upon its approval, whichever occurs last, the public welfare requiring it.
SECTION 10. Certified copies of this resolution shall be sent by the County Clerk to the Mayors and Recorders (or clerks of the governing bodies) of the Cities (Towns) of ____________ and ________________, respectively.
Approved this _________ day of ____________, 20___.