HOWARD - Howard Village President Burt McIntyre wants to set the record straight on Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt's goal of having a regional metro government.
"It's really sad and it's beyond frustrating," said McIntyre.
Three weeks ago, Schmitt announced at his annual state of the city address that he'd like to see surrounding communities under the same Green Bay name by 2025. Since then, McIntyre says he has been receiving phone calls and e-mails asking about the plan.
"That was really what tripped the trigger," said McIntyre.
This week, McIntyre wrote a letter to residents saying Howard will not be included in Schmitt's plan as long as he is village president.
"I think there's always that fear that the big guy is going to gobble up the little guy and people are very concerned about that," said McIntyre.
Mayor Schmitt declined our request for an interview about McIntyre's comments. After his state of the city address he did tell FOX 11 why consolidation has become one of his goals.
"I think we're all in this together," said Schmitt on March 20th. "We're all here for economic development, for a fair tax base and I think we could really look at being more regional."
McIntyre says Schmitt's plan would raise costs for his residents, including property taxes. A FOX 11 Fact Check found in 2011 Howard charged $3.33 per $1,000 of property value, while Green Bay charged $8.80.
McIntyre does say he supports exploring regional partnerships that would benefit all communities involved.
"There is no reason we can't sit down and talk and maintain who we are and yet take advantage of purchasing, take advantage of some infrastructure needs," said McIntyre.
Howard isn't the first community to speak out against Schmitt's plan. Ashwaubenon Village President Mike Aubinger also told FOX 11 his community would be better off on its own.
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