A final report from Louisville’s Merger 2.0 Task Force has been handed to Mayor Greg Fischer. The task force was created last January to review the 2003 merger between city and county governments. Five subcommittees met regularly the past several months to discuss what changes Metro Government should consider. Several recommendations address long-standing issues in… Continue reading Louisville’s Merger 2.0 Task Force Submits Final Recommendations
The government consulting firm that released last week’s Metro Government merger report says the city may benefit from a more in-depth audit. Public Works, LLC came into Metro Government’s $30,000 grant-funded project with an open mind, said senior consultant Marion Reitz. After 100 hours of research, the report affirmed many issues already being discussed in… Continue reading Merger Report Recommends Metro Government Consider In-Depth Review
Jewish Hospital has cut 155 jobs at its Louisville facility. Officials have not returned a request for comment, but have issued a statement saying about 45 of the positions were already vacant. The company blames the cuts on market trends. The statement goes on to say the reductions won’t affect care and the nurse per… Continue reading Jewish Hospital Eliminates 155 Jobs
The Louisville Merger 2.0 Task Force met in full on Friday. It brought together the five subcommittees for progress reports. The task force was formed in January to review the 2003 merger between county and city governments. The public safety and data and communications subcommittees reported a good response from public surveys that were sent… Continue reading Merger 2.0 Task Force Meets for Progress Reports
Several pages of the Louisville Courier-Journal will be dedicated to the pending University of Louisville hospital merger this weekend, but not editorial pages. Two groups have paid for ad space to defend their positions on the merger between U of L Hospital, Jewish Hospital and a division of Catholic Health Initiatives. The first group is… Continue reading Two Sides of Hospital Merger Debate Represented in Newspaper Ads
Mayor Greg Fischer formally approved the merger between two southwest Louisville fire departments on Monday. The all-volunteer fire station Dixie Suburban will now become Lake Dreamland Station 3. Increased costs and a decrease in volunteers led to the decision, said Dixie Suburban officials. Dixie Suburban covers about 1.5 square miles in southwest Louisville, and it… Continue reading Fire Departments Merge in Southwest Louisville
Louisville Metro Government’s Merger 2.0 task force will hold its last public hearing tonight. The panel was assembled earlier this year to assess the first eight years of merger and recommend changes to city operations and to the state law that allowed merger to happen. There have been three public hearings so far to allow… Continue reading Final Merger 2.0 Public Hearing is Today
The task force was formed earlier this year to study what has and has not worked since the 2003 city-county merger. Two key issues are urban services and fire protection. Currently, residents of the old city pay higher taxes and receive extra services. The panel will likely figure out whether those services could reasonably extended to the suburbs, where they are currently provided by small cities or private companies.
The task force is meant to find the problems and successes of the consolidation and recommend changes. Owen says it’s too early to say what exactly the task force will do, but there are several issues he hopes it will take on.
“There are some areas we could look at,” he says. “I think we need to look at the economic development area, we may need to look at the structure of the government. I don’t know if that’s going to be part of the charge to this group. What I would like to look at and what we will look at might be two very different things.”
Mayor Fischer’s appointees include the Mayor of Prospect, the Anchorage and Jeffersontown Fire Chiefs and members of the mayor’s administration.
The panel also includes critics of merger, including State Representative Darryl Owens.