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Population boom prompts government merger talk

A walk down Main Street here in Georgetown shows its small town charm like these store fronts. However, the 2010 Census shows that population has exploded by 60 percent over the past ten years. Some residents are saying it's time for the city and county governments to become one.

Georgetown leaped from 18th largest to 9th largest city in the state. If the Georgetown and Scott County combined, the area would jump even higher to 5th. Johnny Woodward lives in the county and says he'd like to see a merger.

"I think it's past time that we move forward with our municipality governments. You have the mayor and all the city council as well as the judge executive and the magistrates. That could all be accomplished with a merged government," says Woodward.

Mayor Everette Varney says that a merger is bound to happen at some point, but he's not quite ready to jump on the bandwagon just yet.

"Certainly we could combine our equipment and our workforce. Of course, when you do that, do you have too many employees? I would not be in favor of anything that would cost anyone their job," says Varney.

Scott County Judge Executive George Lusby opposes a merger

"I think it's a bad idea. We have an excellent working relation without merging the governments," says Lusby

Mayor Varney says that if the governments do combine some things like the no smoking ordinance in the city wouldn't necessarily carry over to the county. Issues like that would require an individual vote.

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