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August 11, 2013

‘Unified government’ group wants Somerset’s organizational, financial data

Group’s consultant filed open records request with Girdler

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Somerset —

SPCU, chaired by developer Brook Ping and composed of more than 80 of the county’s movers and shakers, has made it clear from the start it is not advocating merged governments, only a study to determine the feasibility.
The completed study, if favorable toward a unified city-county government, would be presented to local governmental bodies. Eubank, because its corporate limits straddles the Pulaski-Lincoln county line, would not be eligible to be a part of a merged city-county government, according to state law.
Upon receipt of the completed study, according to state law, Pulaski Fiscal Court, Somerset City Council and governing bodies of Burnside, Ferguson and Science Hill by ordinance would create an official Unified Government Commission made up of between 20 and 40 members to plan a structure for a unified city-county government. With Somerset and Ferguson not participating, the answer is not clear as to how the process will unfold.
 Pulaski Fiscal Court would appoint half the members of a Unified Government Commission and the remaining members would be appointed by participating cities prorated on population. Any type of merged governments must be approved by voters of Pulaski County.
Schmidt say he hopes to have the study completed by the end of September.
 
 
 

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