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Two councils in Somerset are to merge management to save money.
At separate meetings tonight, West Somerset District Council based in Williton and Taunton Deane Borough Council voted in favour of the deal which will see savings of almost £2m a year.
Opponents fear it'll mean dozens of job cuts.
Taunton Deane councillors have voted in favour of sharing a Chief Executive with neighbouring West Somerset Council.
West Somerset - the smallest council in the country - is facing a financial crisis due to its size.
It's seeking to share further services, subject to a business plan going before both councils in October.
West Somerset Council could be jointly managed by its much larger neighbour, Taunton Deane Borough Council. West Somerset Council based in Williton serves just 35,000 people and is England's smallest district authority.
Last night (Monday 4 March 2013), Taunton Deane Borough Council said it would look at plans that could mean joint working between the two authorities.