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April 9, 2013

Fiscal Court receptive to SPCU study

Somerset —  

Pulaski County Fiscal court has resoundingly thrown its support behind a study to determine whether there would be any benefits to local citizens should the city and county enter into a merged government.
“I think you do have our full support on what you’re doing,” said Pulaski County Judge-executive Barty Bullock to the group’s members who attended Tuesday’s Pulaski County Fiscal Court meeting. “It’s all about the future, it’s not about today. It’s all about the future and what our children and grandchildren have to look forward to.” 
And county officials’ statements appear to be the total opposite of the reception the Somerset-Pulaski County United (SPCU) group received while at a Somerset City Council meeting Monday evening. 
The council on Monday evening declined to hear a presentation from members of SPCU, and the council passed a resolution stating that the city would not support a proposed merged government or help fund the $35,000 study the SPCU group is hoping to carry out.
Several councilors during Monday’s meeting said they felt a merged government wouldn’t benefit the city, but they also stated they’d listen to a presentation from the group during the April 22 meeting before forming opinions on the issue.
But SPCU received some harsh comments from Somerset Mayor Eddie Girdler during that meeting.
“In two weeks, don’t ask for money,” said Girdler. “ ... Don’t put the city council on the spot without doing your job. We’ve got too many intelligent people (in the group) that’s ... done everything wrong.
“ ... Surely to goodness you can take $500 apiece and do (the study) yourself,” Girdler said. “Why ask the city and county for any money? You want to do a study, do it yourself. Don’t ask the taxpayers to do your dirty work.”

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