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April 17, 2013

SPCU team grows 123% in face of resistance

Somerset —

Somerset–Pulaski County United’s (SPCU) quest to study the potential of a city-county consolidation may have received a less-than-welcome recep-tion from Somerset Mayor Eddie Girdler and City Councilors, but that has not deterred growth among the group’s ranks.
SPCU yesterday announced that its Steering Committee has grown from 58 members back on April 2, 2013, to 128 members, a growth rate of 123 percent in just 11 days.
On April 2, SPCU announced its form-ation and its first initiative — a study of the potential benefits of unified (consolidated) government in Pulaski County. Since that announcement, the issue has garnered significant interest in local media and on the part of com-munity leaders who would like to learn more about the concept.
“SPCU is gratified by the enormous response to our first announcement,” said Brook Ping, SPCU Chairperson and CEO of Stonebrook Development, LLC. “We cannot recall when an issue has energized so many community leaders so quickly as this study as. Clearly, our citizens want to learn more about how unified government might positively impact our community,” said Ping.
Ping stated that SPCU is not endorsing unified government and is not asking local governments to endorse unified government.
“We need to learn more about the benefits and how this will impact Pulaski County before any of our SPCU members will be ready to endorse the concept,” said Ping. “We do think, however, that we owe it to our fellow citizens to study the issue. If the benefits outweigh the negatives, then we believe that we should move to the next step in this multi-step process, but we’re not there yet. And, in the end, it is important to remember that only the voters of Pulaski County can decide if unified government should be adopted—not the members of SPCU nor any of our elected officials. This is democracy at its best.”

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