The South Charleston City Council voted to oppose being included in metro government.
Council Members believe smaller cities will lose their identities and control of their services.
One councilman pointed out that if a metro government is formed in their area, a city could not refuse to join.
That's why Council voted to allow Mayor Richie Robb ask the city lawyer to draft an amendment allowing cities to decline to join.
It will be submitted during the next legislative session.
The West Virginia Legislature passed a bill allowing cities to merge into metro governments earlier this year.