Mount Vernon, Burlington talking about merger

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MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) -- Some residents of Skagit River neighbors Mount Vernon and Burlington are talking about a merger.

The Envision Skagit Citizen Committee says a merger would direct population growth into urban zones and preserve farmland.

The Skagit Valley Herald says the idea has drawn a strong reaction from some members of the public. They'll have a chance to comment at a public meeting Thursday in Burlington.

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Information from: Skagit Valley Herald, http://www.skagitvalleyherald.com