I agree with your second point. And, yes, it's obvious that school districts have nothing to do with municipal boundaries. Most towns in Arkansas are not so intertwined with their neighbors though. I've lived in several and never before seen the type of confusion we have in this area.
I asked my husband a couple of years ago if he thought this would ever happen. The communities are so intertwined now no one really knows most of the time which boundries they are in unless you are in old town areas. I grew up here and I do feel a connection to one town more than the other BUT I have ties to the other town now as well. Those ties get stronger as I meet more people and attend more events. Shelli makes some good points. I don't think it will happen though - at least not in the next couple of decades. It would probably take a very large number of supporters making a very loud noise to make it happen. The arguments would be many and endless. It makes my head hurt to think about it!!
Bauxite was once the booming metropolis around these parts. That may surprise a few of the "new" people that live in Saline County. Bauxite was the big town. Benton and Bryant were pasture. Anyway, I think there are definitely some benefits to consider. I would be open-minded enough to listen but I'm not sure you would ever get that horse out of the gate - especially in Benton. Good luck with that Shelli. I'll be interested to see what others have to say on here.
Mayor Dabbs would have to hire more people to help her run the merging cities. I guess Benton could be
a sub-station to Bryant since Bryant is more progressive.
Funny thing about getting better teachers when there is a 5th grade teacher at Bryant that is being a teacher and not a baby sitter that is getting reprimanded. That type of action will steer good teachers away from Bryant schools even if the money is better.
Please, no more than 10 aldermen.
I say the new name is Benton.
Is the city sales tax rate 1.5% (Benton) or 3% (Bryant)?
I very ironic statement from Shirley Reynolds...
This would have ZERO impact on school districts. Have we not learned that by now?
I don't know why Bryant would want to merge with Benton. Seems like one town is stepping ahead and the other is falling behind. Alcoa is the only thing saving Benton right now.
I happen to live in Benton. I do love the schools and Bernard Holland Park is something we can be proud of! But, not alot else going on. No swimming, glorified soccer field, football is in limbo....
We did get a ...'chicken express'.... (insert sarcasm here....)
Where's the 'Like' button to agree with the statement that Bryant is more progressive than Benton. There are way too many people in this town that still think it is Mayberry!