Watch out for government officials who say they are going to fix things for you. Referring to your article about the city absorbing county islands: The article was scant on details on how much it would cost for an average homeowner in the area. You know, how much taxes would rise, changes to zoning and enforcement and the like. Those details would help those worried about the city's grab for efficiency.
I live in the county, and after the county did its garbage shuffle, I am now paying 50% more for 50% less service ($65 a month for a 6-cubic-yard container to $94 a month for 3-cubic-yard container). So keep your eyes open. Government officials tend to reach in your pocket while saying they are there to help.