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Finally Ridding Ourselves Of Judges-Executive?

November 17th, 2010 by jake · 6 Comments

Hopefully.

Check this from Phillip Bailey:

The debate over the utility of the Jefferson County judge-executive post may reignite now that state Rep. Bill Farmer, R-Lexington, has pre-filed a measure to eliminate the position for merged governments.

“Now that we have one government in Lexington, why do we need this position that draws a paycheck, gets health insurance benefits and receives retirement benefits?” Farmer says. “They’re wasting government money.”

The bill proposes a constitutional amendment that would likely be on the statewide ballot in 2012, and if approved by voters it would abolish the seat in merged governments. In Kentucky, that would only affect Louisville-Jefferson County and Lexington-Fayette County, leaving the seat in the other 118 counties.

It’s definitely a waste of space, time and money in Louisville. So why not?

Tags: LEO · Metro Government · State Government

6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 GtownReader // Nov 17, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    Wasn’t the whole point of “merger” to cut costs while eliminating unnecessary duplication of departments & personnel? County Judge-Executive, “District” Commissioners, Constables, useless positions that only persist because no one will take the legal measures to void them, etc., are counter-productive to any cash-saving & centralization of merged government. (The small cities that opted out of paying for expanded services are represented in the preservation of their own elected/appointed officials, and the unincorporated “county” areas are represented by their own Metro Council members.)

  • 2 AceHat // Nov 18, 2010 at 2:31 am

    No shit! Who dosen’t know that…..except the Spin crooks who keep wanting to get paid for nothing!

  • 3 Bill // Nov 18, 2010 at 3:23 am

    About like having 4 deputy mayors at one point. Why even have a deputy mayor. Then to see people like Rick Johnstone retire and then turn around an unretire and get a new job. Same with having Jane Driskoll come back and get more money while double dipping. What a way to run a city.

  • 4 South Ender // Nov 18, 2010 at 10:46 am

    Germantown Reader -
    1 – The “small cities” did not “opt out” of paying for anything. The merger law requires them to “opt IN”. Once IN, they’re IN forever.

    2-The achitects of merger could NOT get merger to pass if they eliminated the constitutionally required offices of County Judge and Commissioner. (Constables got a free ride on this point.)

    3- Stayed tuned to 2011. There will be lots more to consider as it pertains to this Metro form of government.

    What if the citizens of Jefferson County were allowed to vote on it again, some 10 years later?
    Would the results be the same?

    NOTE: The “merger” only affected the governments of the City of Louisville and Jefferson County. KRS 81.010 still shows a city of the first class named “Louisville”.
    [LINK REMOVED - UNAUTHORIZED - PLEASE ASK FIRST]

    It’s not “Metro Louisville” nor “Louisville Metro.”
    Just Louisville.
    Just like it was BEFORE merger of government.
    So … how many people actually believe that, after the merger of the governments, the “legal” boundaries of the City of Louisville are the same as those for Jefferson County?
    You might be wildly surprised at the answer. Ask Jefferson County’s Attorney.

  • 5 South Ender // Nov 19, 2010 at 8:27 am

    The “link removed” above was to the Kentucky Revised Statutes (KRS), a.k.a. public law, at a State Government website.

    The web address for that KRS was pasted into this blog as text (not HTML), but this blog automatically converted it to a HTML link.

    I have no control over the settings on this blog. Therefore the violation was unintentional. The web address was simply included to allow those who were curious a peek at the specific KRS that was mentioned.

  • 6 jake // Nov 19, 2010 at 8:35 am

    Ugh – goddamnit. I guess folks who get paid by me are incapable of recognizing that links to the KRS are fine. Please post it again.

    Note: Many browsers make any link clickable. The reason we don’t allow posting links without permission is because some meemaws and poppops will click on ANYTHING.

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