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Except for Louisville-Jefferson County and Lexington-Fayette County, efforts to merge city and county governments have not been successful in Kentucky. The accompanying chart, prepared by the Kentucky League of Cities, is a listing of official merger or consolidation attempts in Kentucky. None was attempts to create a unified local government as is being studied in Pulaski County because statutes governing creation of a unified local government were passed in 2008. According to media reports there have been recent or current citizen-initiated discussions about unification in Hardin, Garrard, Estill and Anderson counties. A spokeswoman for Elizabethtown city government told the Commonwealth Journal merger with Hardin County government is a dead issue. However, the unification committee, Hardin County United, formed in late 2010, is still intact and meets regularly.

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