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Your chance to sound off on the Louisville, Jefferson County merger

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By Matt McCutcheon - e-mail | bio

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – It's been eight years since the City of Louisville and Jefferson County became one, but is it working? That's a question Mayor Greg Fischer is asking, and he wants to hear from you.

He talked about it while campaigning, and now as mayor, he's making good on that promise.  It starts now with about two dozen people appointed to a Merger 2.0 Task Force.

That's made up of business people, local leaders, and everyday citizens.  They're charged with studying four issues you've complained about.

That includes fire and e-m-s service, solid waste and recycling, public safety, and transportation and infrastructure matters.

"We've done a lot of things merging our city and county over the last eight years - making two of everything and creating one new government, however we've not yet optimized our city and our county services, we haven't yet merged the sole of our city, so there will always be work to do," Mayor Fischer said.

The task force begins work later this month and they want to hear from you at upcoming meetings the first two weeks in April.

The task force will collect all the information and make their formal recommendations in October.

Meeting dates, times, and locations:

April 4, 7 p.m.
Kentucky Center for African-American Heritage
18th and Ali

April 11, 7 p.m.
Southwest Government Center
7219 Dixie Highway

April 13, 7 p.m.
Central Government Center
7201 Outer Loop

April 18, 7 p.m.
East Government Center
200 Juneau Drive

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