PADUCAH, Ky. - Residents in one western Kentucky community have rejected a controversial proposal to merge governments.
Residents in Paducah and McCracken County voted the proposal down by a more than 2-to-1 margin. The Paducah Sun reports that 70 percent of voters were against the measure that would have combined city and county governments into one metro government.
The measure had strong backing from business leaders, but a grassroots group called No to Metro that had support from community leaders such as Judge-Executive Van Newberry got a majority of the community's support.
"Now we've got the answer, voters gave us the answer," said Allan Kleet, who was part of the No to Metro group. "We did what we could as a grassroots organization. I am proud of the way we did it. It wasn't fancy but it was effective."
Paducah McCracken United member John Williams Jr. said that despite the loss he thinks the idea is around to stay and will get more support as people learn more about it.
"I think it's an educational issue," Williams said. "It will take a while to be able to communicate to all the voters what's in it for them."
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