E. Ky. mayor recommends consolidating cities

LYNCH, Ky. (AP) - An eastern Kentucky mayor is recommending that his city merge with another one to save money.

The Harlan Daily Enterprise reports Lynch Mayor Johnny Adams made the comments Tuesday during a City County meeting. Adams said the cities of Lynch and Benham should consider consolidating. He said the only alternative is charging Lynch residents $14 more per month for municipal services that include water, sewer and garbage pickup.

Adams told a crowd of residents that the city is operating at a deficit of about $4,000 per month and can't continue on that course.

Councilwoman Betty Hudack suggested placing a $10 per month assessment fee on each residence for one year, and then removing it.

The discussion was tabled until the next meeting.

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