What is Metro Government? The Tennessee Advisory Committee on Intergovernmental Relations, a Tennessee State Government "think tank" issued a "how to" manual on "Forming a Metropolitan Government" in September 2003.
This is available at http://tennessee.gov/tacir/PDF_FILES/Growth_Policy/metrogovt.pdf
I encourage Lakeland and Shelby County residents to review this publication to review exactly what can and can't be done in a "Metro Government" and the process in developing the Charter for a Metro Government.
The Metropolitan Government Charter provisions are established by the Tennessee State Legislature and can only be changed by the Tennessee State Legislature. It is not a "Home Rule" type Charter currently utilized by both Shelby County and the City of Memphis.