A public safety survey for Metro Louisville is now available online. It’s part of Mayor Greg Fischer’s Merger 2.0 Task Force, which was formed to look at the progress of the 2003 merger between county and city governments. This is the second survey by the task force measuring public opinion of the public safety sector,… Continue reading Public Safety Survey Released
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.