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Versailles City Council Mulls Study Of City-County Merger


Versailles officials took the first step toward studying a possible potential city-county government merger Tuesday.

Versailles Mayor Brian Traugott says he’s hearing a lot of positive opinions about the plan, which could bring the Versailles, Midway, and Woodford County governments under one roof.

He says the idea was raised in response to two ongoing disagreements over city-county funding of parks and recreation and joint funding of emergency management. While the former is moving toward a resolution, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports the fiscal court voted last week to end its participation in the funding of emergency management.

The Versailles City Council is expected to take up an ordinance on September 2 that would form a commission to assess the feasibility of the merger.

Only two merged governments exist in Kentucky – the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government and the Louisville Metro Government.

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.