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67C.101 Election to approve consolidation of county and city of the first class --
Powers, privileges, and jurisdiction of consolidated local government.
(1) The governmental and corporate functions vested in any city of the first class shall,
upon approval by the voters of the county at a regular or special election, be consolidated with the governmental and corporate functions of the county containing the city. This single government replaces and supersedes the governments of the pre-existing city of the first class and its county.
(2) (a) A consolidated local government shall have all powers and privileges that
cities of the first class and their counties are, or may hereafter be, authorized to exercise under the Constitution and the general laws of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, including but not limited to those powers granted to cities of the first class and their counties under their respective home rule powers.
(b) A consolidated local government shall continue to exercise these powers and
privileges notwithstanding repeal or amendment of any of the laws upon which the powers and privileges are based unless expressly repealed or amended for consolidated local governments.
(c) In addition, a consolidated local government shall have other powers and
privileges as the government may be authorized to exercise under the Constitution and general laws of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
(d) A consolidated local government is neither a city government nor a county
government as those forms of government exist on July 15, 2002, but it is a separate classification of government which possess the greater powers conferred upon, and is subject to the lesser restrictions applicable to, county government and cities of the first class under the Constitution and general laws of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
(e) A consolidated local government shall be accorded the same sovereign
immunity granted counties, their agencies, officers, and employees.
(3) A consolidated local government shall have power and authority to:
(a) Levy and collect taxes upon all property taxable for state purposes within the
territorial limits of the consolidated local government not exempt by law from taxation;
(b) License, tax, and regulate privileges, occupations, trades, and professions
authorized by law, to be uniform throughout the jurisdiction;
(c) Make appropriations for the support of the consolidated local government and
provide for the payment of all debts and expenses of the consolidated local government and the debts and expenses of the county and city of which it is the successor;
(d) Issue or cause to be issued bonds and other debt instruments that counties
containing a city of the first class are authorized to issue or enter into all other financial transactions as may be permitted by law;
(e) Purchase, lease, construct, maintain, or otherwise acquire, hold, use, and
operate any property, real or personal, for any public purpose, and sell, lease,
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or otherwise dispose of any property, real or personal, belonging to a consolidated local government;
(f) Exercise the power of eminent domain for any public purpose subject to the
limitations and exceptions prescribed by the Constitution and the general laws of the Commonwealth of Kentucky;
(g) Accept federal or state funds and other sources of revenue that are applicable
to counties and cities of the first class;
(h) Establish, erect, maintain, and operate facilities for the confinement,
detention, and rehabilitation of persons convicted of the violation of the ordinances and laws of a consolidated local government or the Commonwealth of Kentucky;
(i) Pass and enforce by fines and penalties, if necessary, all ordinances, not
inconsistent with law, as are expedient in maintaining the peace, good government, health, and welfare of the inhabitants of the county and prevent, abate, and remove nuisances;
(j) Collect and dispose of garbage, junk, and other refuse, and regulate the
collection and disposal of garbage, junk, and other refuse by others;
(k) Provide for the redevelopment, renewal, or rehabilitation of blighted,
deteriorated, or dilapidated areas;
(l) Enforce zoning regulations; (m) Enter into contracts and agreements with other governmental entities and with
private persons, firms, and corporations;
(n) Adopt procedures for collective bargaining with its employees and for the
certification of exclusive bargaining agents for groups of employees in accordance with the Constitution and general laws of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and its ordinances; and
(o) Exercise all other powers and authorities granted to counties and cities of the
first class by the general laws of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
(4) The powers of the consolidated local government shall be construed broadly in
favor of the consolidated local government. The specific mention, or failure to mention, of particular powers in this section shall not be construed as limiting in any way the general or specific powers of a consolidated local government.
(5) A consolidated local government shall have power and jurisdiction throughout the
total area embraced by the official jurisdictional boundaries of the county.
(6) A consolidated local government shall be known as............../.....................County
Metro Government, which shall be the combination of the names of the largest city in existence on the date of the adoption of the consolidated local government and the county.
Effective: July 15, 2002 History: Amended 2002 Ky. Acts ch. 346, sec. 53, effective July 15, 2002. -- Created
2000 Ky. Acts ch. 189, sec. 1, effective July 14, 2000.