But while those who lead consolidated city-county governments believe that the benefits are substantial, the evidence is mixed, at least as far as spending is concerned.
Kurt Thurmaier, director of the Division of Public Administration at Northern Illinois University, says that while the selling point is efficiency, that doesn’t happen very often.
The potential for service merger, as a form of positive organizational change is probably significant.
The general purpose of this project is to establish a foundation for further research into the issue of organizational change resulting from the merging of services.
Most local governments have consolidated services within their organizations.