merger 2.0

Louisville Metro Government has failed to bring economic growth and more cost efficient services to the city, according to a stinging report by the University of Louisville.

The study was requested by state Rep. Darryl Owens, D-Louisville, for Mayor Greg Fischer’s Merger 2.0 Task Force. Owens has been a longtime opponent and critic of merger and called for the review after feeling the mayor’s task force wasn’t looking at critical issues such as economic growth, Metro employee costs and urban services.

The report says the consolidation of the city and county in 2003 has failed on key pledges that merger proponents promised such as creating jobs and cost savings to city services.

From the Courier-Journal:

The report claims economic development “has not accelerated but moved downward” and that the decline cannot be blamed on the economy.

“The decline is not just a product of the national recession that began in 2008, but had beset post-merged Louisville while the nation was in the midst of economic growth,” the report says.

Another criticism the report highlights is one that Metro Council Republicans have complained about for a number of years, and that is information about the cost of services in the old city limits have never been released, which prevents accurate accounting.

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