这是一个已经流传多年的想法，and in late March,拉布拉多市和瓦布什合并的进程向前迈出了一大步。
In 2017,a feasibility study recommended moving forward with amalgamation and suggested the first step should be holding meetings to discuss how it should move forward with the public.That happened in late March,says Mayor Wayne Button of Labrador City.
"The meetings,in my mind,were very good," he said."We had about 90 people at the meeting in Labrador City and about 60 in Wabush.在会议上，which involved some round table discussions,people were asked to vote on several questions (using electronic devices).在会议开始和结束时，对每个问题都进行了两次投票，以判断会议在整个会议过程中如何影响人们的想法。”
Button says the biggest concern he has been hearing centres around taxes.He says town council cannot predict what would happen there,因为它依赖于许多变量。他还说，联合委员会选举过程的结构似乎是瓦布什居民的一个大问题，and says if they do not have more than one councillor elected,这将影响有多少居民对合并的看法。
Votes at the sessions indicated that residents are in favour of holding a plebiscite to decide the issue,as they feel it's a decision the people have to vote on,not members of the town council.
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Button says after the final consultants' report is received,he and the town council will meet and decide if a plebiscite will be carried out and discuss potential timing.He is hoping that could happen in September,由于省级选举将在夏季占用人们的时间，休假可能意味着许多选民都不在了。
Low turnout a concern: Barron
"One hundred and fifty people, out of a population of close to ten thousand,tells me there isn't a lot of interest in the issue."
He also wasn't a fan of the way the meetings were carried out,他说他宁愿开一个麦克风式的会议，where people were encouraged to share concerns.He says round table discussions meant people may not have heard some of the points that were being made.
Barron says his council will decide its next move when the final report by the consultants is released,这可能意味着要么放弃寻求合并的想法，要么与一个准贝基体一起前进。鉴于最近会议的出席率，he said,he's concerned a plebiscite could be decided by very few people,但相信这是一个必须由选民而不是市议会做出的决定。
巴伦说，如果放弃合并的决定继续下去，he will still pursue more cooperation and shared services between both councils.Whether amalgamation could cut costs is still up in the air,he adds,as the original report showed no huge savings - only roughly two per cent of the budgets of the communities.
The idea of amalgamation was to save money,he adds,and questions whether that will become a reality.With $170,000 already spent on a feasibility study,he wonders whether the plebiscite should have been held prior to approving that type of expenditure.