GRADDOWENSBORO, Ky. (7/25/13) - Kentucky is now a metropolitan state, with 58 percent or 2.5 million people living in the cities. One-third of the cities are not in the correct class. The state is using an outdated classification system set in 1891, which Jonathan Steiner, Executive Director of the Kentucky League of Cities, called an “Illogical caste system”. A 400-page bill has been in draft for two and a half years, and will be introduced in the next Senate session.
 
Those were a few of the topics discussed during a meeting of mayors at the Green River Area Development District office in Owensboro. The conference offered mayors the opportunity to discuss the challenges each of them are seeing in their towns.
 
Steiner explained that the League of Cities have found that challenges include things like city revenue. Cities need to have “control over their own destinies”, Steiner said.
 
Other city challenges expressed by Steiner included:
 
•Road aid – 39 percent of vehicle miles are spent on city roads, but roads with little travel receive more work.
 
•Funding 911 services – More service calls are coming from cell phones rather than home lines, and it is costing cities more money to fund cellular phone calls.
 
•Drug rates – The so-called “Pill Bill” made it harder for people to receive prescription drugs, making heroin the drug of choice in more communities in Kentucky.
 
To improve these problems, JD Chaney, Chief Governmental Affairs Officer for the Kentucky League of Cities, suggested that decisions shouldn’t be made in Frankfort. He said that state legislators shouldn’t make decisions that should be done by citizens.
 
“Local decisions are best made by local officials,” said Chaney.
 
Taylor Riley
SurfKY News

e-max.it: your social media marketing partner

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

Posted on 2/2/14
1 DOW 18,011.94
-28.43 (-0.16%)    
2 S&P 2,109.60
-2.13 (-0.10%)    
3 NASDAQ 5,076.52
-6.41 (-0.13%)    

Most Read This Week

May 27, 2015 7417

VIDEO: Sparks Fly Over Hanson Rezoning Issue

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
May 30, 2015 7093

Study of Virus Attack on Cancer Sees Success

by Julie Heflin
May 28, 2015 6531

Four Charged with Burglary for Entering Elderly…

by SurfKY News
May 27, 2015 4268

Midnight Ride on Rabbit Ridge Ends in Jail

by SurfKY News
May 27, 2015 3809

Crime Stoppers Top Most Wanted - May 27, 2015

by Crime Stoppers

Most Read This Month

May 15, 2015 11329

New Madisonville Business In Full Operation Soon

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
May 23, 2015 9367

Missing 5-Year-Old Boy Found

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

June 01, 2015 1504

Authorities Discover Meth Lab While Assisting…

by SurfKY News
May 31, 2015 1473

Hopkins District Court Fines Handed Down

by SurfKY News
June 01, 2015 1265

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports Released -…

by SurfKY News
May 31, 2015 1102

Survivors, Caregivers, Supporters Gather for…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
June 02, 2015 1044

Two Muhlenberg Women Injured in Collision

by SurfKY News
June 01, 2015 1032

Human Relations Coordinator Identifies Possible…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
June 02, 2015 1002

Woman Charged with Falsely Reporting Kidnapping

by SurfKY News
June 02, 2015 889

Hopkins County Misdemeanor Indictments

by SurfKY News
June 01, 2015 847

Dawson Springs Police Reports Released

by SurfKY News
June 02, 2015 831

Juveniles Accused of Falsely Reporting Masked…

by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director