My thinking is that a compromise involving some kind of protections for the minority party in county government might dampen the opposition. Not sure how it could be structured. Maybe a strong separation of powers where geographic bailiages control certain aspect of county governance (like a strong burroughs system). Economic tax incentives need to be controlled at the county level, but some significant things could be administered by bailiages.
Maybe the county could be governed by a council elected by some kind of geographical districts.
The one thing that troubles me is the undercurrent among city resident posters who seem ready to pass on re-entry because the see the city as being generally improving. That seems incredibly short sighted to me. SO many county decisions have significant impact on the city.
That's frustrating because it's basically the same wrong argument the county residents are making against re-entry (that re-entry is about the county subsidizing municipalities). Re-entry is needed to provide a more unified government structure for regional issues.