New Mexico isn't pushing localities to consolidate, but that hasn't stopped the City of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County from trying despite repeated failure. Since 1973, voters have shut down three attempts, most recently in 2004.

Why?

“Cost and tax increases were likely without any increase in services, per local university studies,” says David Mitchell, PE, director of the county's Operations and Maintenance Department.

Officials ultimately settled for merging some benefits programs, like health insurance, instead.