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</p> <p>Page 1 of 2<br /> 67C.101 Election to approve consolidation of county and city of the first class &#8212;<br /> Powers, privileges, and jurisdiction of consolidated local government.<br /> (1) The governmental and corporate functions vested in any city of the first class shall,<br /> upon approval by the voters of the county at a regular or special election, be <br />consolidated with the governmental and corporate functions of the county <br />containing the city. This single government replaces and supersedes the <br />governments of the pre-existing city of the first class and its county.<br /> (2) (a) A consolidated local government shall have all powers and privileges that<br /> cities of the first class and their counties are, or may hereafter be, authorized <br />to exercise under the Constitution and the general laws of the Commonwealth <br />of Kentucky, including but not limited to those powers granted to cities of the <br />first class and their counties under their respective home rule powers.<br /> (b) A consolidated local government shall continue to exercise these powers and<br /> privileges notwithstanding repeal or amendment of any of the laws upon <br />which the powers and privileges are based unless expressly repealed or <br />amended for consolidated local governments.<br /> (c) In addition, a consolidated local government shall have other powers and<br /> privileges as the government may be authorized to exercise under the <br />Constitution and general laws of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.<br /> (d) A consolidated local government is neither a city government nor a county<br /> government as those forms of government exist on July 15, 2002, but it is a <br />separate classification of government which possess the greater powers <br />conferred upon, and is subject to the lesser restrictions applicable to, county <br />government and cities of the first class under the Constitution and general <br />laws of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.<br /> (e) A consolidated local government shall be accorded the same sovereign<br /> immunity granted counties, their agencies, officers, and employees.<br /> (3) A consolidated local government shall have power and authority to:<br /> (a) Levy and collect taxes upon all property taxable for state purposes within the<br /> territorial limits of the consolidated local government not exempt by law from <br />taxation;<br /> (b) License, tax, and regulate privileges, occupations, trades, and professions<br /> authorized by law, to be uniform throughout the jurisdiction;<br /> (c) Make appropriations for the support of the consolidated local government and<br /> provide for the payment of all debts and expenses of the consolidated local <br />government and the debts and expenses of the county and city of which it is <br />the successor;<br /> (d) Issue or cause to be issued bonds and other debt instruments that counties<br /> containing a city of the first class are authorized to issue or enter into all other <br />financial transactions as may be permitted by law;<br /> (e) Purchase, lease, construct, maintain, or otherwise acquire, hold, use, and<br /> operate any property, real or personal, for any public purpose, and sell, lease, </p> <p>Page 2 of 2<br /> or otherwise dispose of any property, real or personal, belonging to a <br />consolidated local government;<br /> (f) Exercise the power of eminent domain for any public purpose subject to the<br /> limitations and exceptions prescribed by the Constitution and the general laws <br />of the Commonwealth of Kentucky;<br /> (g) Accept federal or state funds and other sources of revenue that are applicable<br /> to counties and cities of the first class;<br /> (h) Establish, erect, maintain, and operate facilities for the confinement,<br /> detention, and rehabilitation of persons convicted of the violation of the <br />ordinances and laws of a consolidated local government or the <br />Commonwealth of Kentucky;<br /> (i) Pass and enforce by fines and penalties, if necessary, all ordinances, not<br /> inconsistent with law, as are expedient in maintaining the peace, good <br />government, health, and welfare of the inhabitants of the county and prevent, <br />abate, and remove nuisances;<br /> (j) Collect and dispose of garbage, junk, and other refuse, and regulate the<br /> collection and disposal of garbage, junk, and other refuse by others;<br /> (k) Provide for the redevelopment, renewal, or rehabilitation of blighted,<br /> deteriorated, or dilapidated areas;<br /> (l) Enforce zoning regulations; <br />(m) Enter into contracts and agreements with other governmental entities and with<br /> private persons, firms, and corporations;<br /> (n) Adopt procedures for collective bargaining with its employees and for the<br /> certification of exclusive bargaining agents for groups of employees in <br />accordance with the Constitution and general laws of the Commonwealth of <br />Kentucky and its ordinances; and<br /> (o) Exercise all other powers and authorities granted to counties and cities of the<br /> first class by the general laws of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.<br /> (4) The powers of the consolidated local government shall be construed broadly in<br /> favor of the consolidated local government. The specific mention, or failure to <br />mention, of particular powers in this section shall not be construed as limiting in <br />any way the general or specific powers of a consolidated local government.<br /> (5) A consolidated local government shall have power and jurisdiction throughout the<br /> total area embraced by the official jurisdictional boundaries of the county.<br /> (6) A consolidated local government shall be known as&#8230;&#8230;&#8230;&#8230;../&#8230;&#8230;&#8230;&#8230;&#8230;&#8230;&#8230;County<br /> Metro Government, which shall be the combination of the names of the largest city <br />in existence on the date of the adoption of the consolidated local government and <br />the county.<br /> Effective: July 15, 2002 <br />History: Amended 2002 Ky. Acts ch. 346, sec. 53, effective July 15, 2002. &#8212; Created<br /> 2000 Ky. Acts ch. 189, sec. 1, effective July 14, 2000. </p> <p>