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JANUARY 26, 2018

...FROM Lee Mueller on FB

Note to Kentucky county officials: the Republicans are coming -- after your jobs! Under the proposed legislation, the state's 176 school districts would be consolidated into 55 and most of the state's 120 counties would be merged with their closest neighbors. (As always, the question when such measures are proposed is: Where will they put the courthouse??


LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) - House Bill 243, sponsored by Republican state Rep. Toby Herald, of Beattyville, would change Kentucky's political landscape in the most literal way.

The bill would consolidate 100 counties into 34. Larger counties, such as Fayette, Jefferson, Warren and Pike, would remain unchanged.

The counties could be renamed and local governments would consolidate.

A similar bill, HB 242 would also reduce the number of Kentucky's county and independent school districts. Boyd County would retain its own school district despite merging with Martin and Lawrence in HB 243.



-1 #17 Ricky 2018-01-31 17:55
I think it is a wonderful idea. Regardless of some drawbacks there are advantages. If Martin and Lawrence county combined that would mean More representation in Frankfort, more state and federal money, economic compilation, and a more equal political field. It would create greater opportunity for both counties.
0 #16 Hello 2018-01-31 00:41
Martin co. Water company is in debt 800,000 dollars and their elected officials can say what they want but the water is tainted because of dirty politicians taking money it’s obvious and I think if Martin co wants to combine with our county then I think their elected officials should be FIRED !!!! I feel bad for the citizens of Martin co. But it’s their elected officials they appointed !!!!! It is obvious that your elected official have been taking money that doesn’t belong to them !!!!
0 #15 Insulted 2018-01-30 02:43
Martin County????Reall y???? Let them merge with Mingo County, WV same people. Bad water in Martin County? No wonder all houses built in creek bed, when they pee where does it go? I wonder?
+2 #14 serious 2018-01-29 19:16
This is not a bill that anyone is serious about. Stop taking it seriously.
0 #13 Hugh G. Mistake 2018-01-29 16:42
Of course our state representatives have to validate their existence with laws that over complicate everything.
-1 #12 questionable 2018-01-29 14:49
Will we be able to fight this like the annexation of a town, or is the government after our right to choose where we live? Just seems like the general populace should get a vote on this one
+1 #11 Dick R. Head 2018-01-29 05:58
That is probably the most un thought out idea I have ever heard. Ridiculous.
+5 #10 Citizen 2018-01-29 03:19
Might as well combine Martin with Lawrence all of the Martin county folk's have been moving here for years and quite frankly, I have not known of one good thing to ever come out of Martin county. It is a lawless place with lawless people.
0 #9 Annie 2018-01-29 01:45
That would be disastrous
+2 #8 Water 2018-01-28 23:13
Can you imagine taking on Martin Co's water issues? What did they do with all the coal severance taxes from when it was booming?
+2 #7 Morons at work 2018-01-28 16:03
Say hello to higher taxes and lower education that's what our taxs are paying for in Frankfort
+2 #6 MC 2018-01-28 01:38
Martin Co. is a disaster.
-4 #5 Sharlene Jude 2018-01-27 13:39
I think that's a great idea.
+5 #4 Ky Citizen 2018-01-27 12:49
I do believe this is the stupidest thing I have ever heard but it is better than the Obama crusade i guess
+7 #3 Leroy 2018-01-27 06:16
This is the stupidest thing I've heard of in a while. What a mess. Will never pass.
+5 #2 Whatever... 2018-01-26 18:56
They're also going to consolidate states, as well. There will now be only 23 states; we're selling Alaska to the Russians and Hawaii will be turned into a privately-owned resort. Ridiculous!
+10 #1 Resident 2018-01-26 18:08
A joke! Consolidation does not save money, usually it costs more in the operations of consolidated counties, additionally it certainly costs more for citizens to obtain services. The state should worry about the retirement system and other state governmental issues and stop trying take over city and county governments to benefit one or the others.

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