Possibility of Bowling Green/Warren County Metro Gov. Merger

It's a controversial topic, one that divided Bowling Green and Warren County in the early 90's.

It's the idea of a city county merger into an urban/county style government for Bowling Green and Warren County.

"I think it's definitely time that both governments look at the benefits of combining services and combining the governments. We have discussed that we would like to start that investigation and research work to see the benefit, not only to city citizens, but to county citizens as well," said Bowling Green City Commissioner Melinda Hill.

Now, with a larger population and other smaller populated areas in the state looking into merging, is it time for it to happen in Bowling Green and Warren County?

Some believe it would save you, the tax payer, more money.

"That is the one question that is come up in every session, and everyone in those groups have been supportive. They have said, let's please look into it and lets save our tax payers some money," said Hill.

Warren County Judge/Executive Mike Buchanon isn't sure if the people would get behind a merger.

"I don't know if they would support it. It's not something that we're promoting or we're looking at doing, but it is discussed in almost every place I go around the county," said Buchanon.

While Buchanon said the county is not promoting it, he said the people should decide.

"If we can provide better service, and charge you less money to provide that service, then it would be a good thing. If we were just talking about doing it for the sake of being a larger city, that's not a good reason to do it," said Buchanon.

Whatever the reasons if it does happen, it will have to be decided by the residents, per Kentucky state law.

According to the law, a petition has to be filed with the county clerk with at least five percent of registered voters who voted in the previous year's election before the lengthy process could begin.


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