Longview Consolidation Services Measure, 2009
A Longview Consolidation Services Measure was on the November 3, 2009 ballot in Cowlitz County for voters in the City of Longview. The measure was a non-binding advisory vote that asks voters whether a formal study should be conducted to lay out details of a proposed merger with the City of Kelso.
The measure was defeated.
Placing the measure on the ballot will cost less than $1,000, according to city officials. If the measure is approved, the study will be conducted within 6 months of the November election and a measure will be placed on the November 2010 ballot. The 2010 measure will ask voters whether they favor the merger of the two cities.
In the 1990s, Longview and Kelso took steps towards a merger but the effort fell apart shortly thereafter.
The ballot read:
"Advisory Vote on Merger Study The City Council of the City of Kelso adopted Resolution No. 09-1000 and the City Council of the City of Longview adopted Resolution No. 1935 concerning the question whether the two cities should study the fi nancial and logistical feasibility of merging the two cities. This proposition is only to decide whether or not to study the pros and cons of merging the two cities, including a fi nal recommendation by May 3, 2010 that will incorporate the estimated costs. The proposition is not to approve any actual merger of the cities. A merger would mean combining the two governments and physical boundaries to become one city."
- The Daily News, "Longview council joins Kelso in seeking advisory vote on consolidation," July 10, 2009
- Cowlitz County Election Results, Official November Results Summary
- The Daily News, "Longview council approves advisory vote on merger with Kelso," August 7, 2009
- General Local Voters Pamphlet, pg. 90