Should Cary and Morrisville merge?

Columnists discuss the pros and cons of combining neighboring governments.

February 15, 2010 

Merge us with Cary, please

By Todd Ellis

My work is centered on rural America, working with small, local electric utility cooperatives. Rural areas need development in order to thrive. So does Morrisville to some extent.

A merger with neighboring Cary, as Cary officials would like to consider, can only improve the quality of life of Morrisville residents like me.

Almost a year ago, The Cary News reported that Morrisville town staffers could not immediately furnish information to a town councilman regarding nearly $500,000 in "miscellaneous" revenues. Nor could they explain columns of miscalculations in the town's proposed budget.

Morrisville is now working on the development of a new mall on Chapel Hill Road. Is Morrisville's town government capable of managing such a development when it is unable to explain its own budget?

Morrisville shares a firehouse and EMS crews with Cary. Cary has more police cars circling Morrisville than Morrisville does.

Cary already is running Morrisville's water system. Road maintenance and trash pickup are done more efficiently in Cary. Cary also has experience with mall development.

Through the combination of services with Cary, Morrisville's tax rates shouldn't rise, and the quality of services should improve.

It seems obvious to me and many of my Morrisville neighbors, local businesses and friends in Cary that a merger would be in the best interests of the public in both towns.

However, Morrisville's leaders have clearly stated that they have no interest in merger.

I understand - I wouldn't vote myself out of a job, either. Isn't that really the issue?

Todd Ellis, a Morrisville resident, is a wireless telecommunications executive.

Leave li'l Morrisville alone

By Matthew Eisley
Staff Writer

How kind of Cary officials to consider coming to li'l ol' neighboring Morrisville's rescue and "merge" into one quaint, bucolic village.

Sort of like China looking after Taiwan, I guess. Or Iraq improving upon Kuwait.

It probably has nothing to do with Cary's desire to pick up Mo-ville's lucrative commercial tax base, or bragging rights as the gateway to RDU International Airport.

No, sirree. It's all about providing municipal services more efficiently to both towns and lowering Morrisville's property tax rate.

Cary is nine times as big as Morrisville and nine times as nervy. But it does not have nine times as much distinctive character.

Cary absorbing Morrisville would rob the smaller satellite of its quaint ... its charming ... its historic ... its dynamic ... Oh, never mind.

Maybe merger isn't a bad idea after all. Aren't Cary and Morrisville the same anyway? Can you tell where one ends and the other begins?

They already share the same water and sewer system, and it shouldn't be hard to combine their planning, police and fire departments.

Of course, repainting every home in Morrisville beige would take awhile. But this merger game is starting to make sense.

Let's think big. After Cary consumes Morrisville to become Caryville, it can annex Apex, too.

Then Raleigh could devour Caryvillex.

Wake Forest would eat Rolesville, just before Raleigh swallows Wakeville.

Imagine the brief glory of KnightWendUlon. To say nothing of Hollyfuquayspringsvarina.

Finally, then, there's the promise of regional unification. Durham and Chapel Hill await!

On second thought....

Matthew Eisley edits The N&O's North Raleigh News and Midtown Raleigh News.

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