Somerset group announces study of potential unified government WKYT-TV (Lexington)

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SOMERSET, Ky. (WKYT) – Somerset would become Kentucky’s third-largest city, if it and Pulaski County merged their governments.

Today a group in Somerset announced a study to see if a “unified” government should be explored.

The group Somerset-Pulaski County United held a news conference announcing a study to cost about $35,000 to simply examine the idea of a unified government.

The group is made up of dozens of people from all walks of life, government, and community. They say they simply want to study the idea of a merged government, but those behind the movement say if the unified government did happen, the benefits to the average citizen would be great.

The Somerset-Pulaski County United group says they will pay for a third of the cost. The Somerset City Council and Pulaski Fiscal Court will be asked to each pay a third of the cost.

Officials say the study will explore similar unified governments in Athens and Clarke County, GA., as well as communities in Nevada and Louisiana.