Twin Cities Could Save $4.1 Million by Sharing Services

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TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) - The twin cities of Texarkana could save $4.1 million if the Arkansas and Texas communities merged their separate police and fire departments. That's according to a study by a group exploring combining city services.

The Texarkana Chamber of Commerce group stressed the study by Ed Bashaw, dean of Texas A&M University-Texarkana's business school, is only a preliminary look at creating a "super city" out of the border towns. But chamber president Jeff Sandford acknowledged it was worth exploring the idea if it creates efficiencies and saves money.

The chamber group began earlier this year examining hiring a so-called "super" city manager or police chief to oversee the twin cities' population of more than 65,000 residents. As of now, the twin cities have fire stations within sight of each other and provide similar services.