Residents of Madison County should consider a consolidated form of government to provide for the growth and economic stability of the Huntsville Metropolitan Area, not solely Huntsville, Madison, New Hope or Owens Cross Roads. Research indicates that metro areas with more broad-based, cooperative governmental arrangements grow faster and generate greater prosperity than metro areas that are governmentally fragmented, divided into a multitude of independent municipalities. This issue should be addressed immediately before Huntsville and Madison County mirror Birmingham and Jefferson County.
Idea No. 124