Merger of City-Village Services: Best Practices

The Local Government Center (LGC) of University of Wisconsin-Extension has developed a set of case studies chronicling the successes and challenges of cities and villages that voluntarily have combined one or more major municipal services with one or more neighboring units of local government. The author found a number of common elements or themes running through them that may assist other municipalities in following successful paths towards consolidation. Suggestions include an inclusive and participatory planning process, strong leadership, clear expectations, and joint oversight as well as advice on many other planning, logistical, and fiscal issues.

Available online (pdf): http://lgc.uwex.edu/Intergovt/bestpracticesbook.pdf

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  • What? / Phase One: Case studies chronicle the successes and challenges of cities and villages that voluntarily have combined one or more major municipal services with one or more neighboring units of local government.
  • Who? / Phase One: Cities, villages and other municipalities seek successful paths towards consolidation.
  • Logistical Issues / Phase Two: Common elements for successful paths toward consolidation include an inclusive and participatory planning process, strong leadership, clear expectations, and joint oversight, as well as advice on many other planning, logistical, and fiscal issues.
  • Change Management / Phase Two: Many suggestions for managing the change process are provided.

 

Elsass, D. (2003). Merger of City-Village Services: Best Practices. Madison, WI: UW-Extension Local Government Center.