Merger of City-Village Services: Best Practices

Resource Summary

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.