One of the big issues here in McCracken County, Kentucky this year is combining city (Paducah, KY population about 21,000) with our county (population about 65,000) into one government. My family lives quite a ways out in the county. My opposition to the idea is the manner in which the city government has squandered money, from funding an "artist relocation" program with tax breaks to failing to attract new businesses with jobs plus many other issues. The effect on county residents would be a raise in property without the corresponding addition of government services. Has anyone else across the country been through this issue, and it the measure passed, how did it effect the level of service, taxes, and bringing in new jobs? It is like anything else, more government has not been the solution to the above problems, as shown from history in the Lousiville and Lexington areas. Also, merging things like the governments, police and fire, always ends up being a power struggle instead of what is best for the people.