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May 28, 2013

Former county judge has questions about unified government study

Somerset —

A former longtime public officeholder in Pulaski County and frequent adviser to members of the Republican Party says many questions need to be answered about a study under way to determine if a united city-county government would be more efficient for Pulaski County’s 63,000 residents.
Louie Floyd, who served as magistrate from the county’s 2nd District for 16 years and a five-year term as county judge-executive from 1994 to 1998, says “ ... somebody needs to sit down and say: ‘Here is exactly what it is.’” 
Floyd stated emphatically he is not opposed to a different form of government in Pulaski County. He stressed at the outset that he doesn’t know enough about the study to get too deeply into it.
A conference call in which he participated with five state government officials shortly after the plan for a study was announced didn’t answer all the questions, Floyd said.
  Such as:
• From where would money come to advance a consolidation effort?
“I would want to know who and how many contribute money to get it passed,” Floyd remarked.
• What happens to the county judge-executive and members of fiscal court? How much authority would they retain?
• Now that Somerset has opted out of the plan, where do they go from here?
• How much would the CEO of a unified city-county government be paid? How is the CEO selected?
“I understand by statute the CEO can’t be paid less than the county judge-executive, and he or she can select an assistant. How much would the assistant be paid? That’s another cost,” Floyd observed.
• What is the difference between unified and charter county governments?
“I would like for somebody to sit down and explain the difference,” said Floyd. “I might rather try the charter county government statute.”

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