COLUMBIA, Tenn. (AP) -- Votes in Columbia and Maury County have rejected a proposal to combine their local governments.
Unofficial returns from Tuesday's referendum showed voters turned down metropolitan government by a wide margin, according to The Daily Herald.
It would have taken a majority "yes" vote both within the city and in the county to unite the governments. But it was rejected by 68 percent of city dwellers and 84 percent of county residents.
Maury County election administrator Todd Baxter said he was surprised that the referendum question didn't spark higher voter participation, but said the turnout was similar to previous primary elections countywide.
Only three counties have metro government -- Nashville-Davidson, Lynchburg-Moore and Hartsville-Trousdale.