You have to love the spin machine at work. According to a recent survey, paid for with our tax dollars of course, merger supposedly needs some work but most are satisfied. I cry hogwash! After polling 1,092 people in all zip codes we are supposed to believe that 71% of the people are generally satisfied with merger.
Wow I am convinced. Nah not really.
I have spoken with that many people face to face over the last couple of years and cannot find anywhere near that many who believe merger is successful and are satisfied. Though not a perfect poll, in my conversations I have found less than 5% who are generally satisfied with merger and that is alarming.
Read for yourself from the CJ here:
Public safety? Yep we generally feel safe in our homes. I have many doubts.
One need only do a real survey to reinforce them. Go to the streets and ask everyday citizens what they think. Most will tell you alarming stories I assure you.
I agree more with my friend, and sometime nemesis, Thomas McAdam's version you can read here:
Notice where he notes than only 18% of residents surveyed were highly satisfied with the City's ability to serve the needs of the citizens.
That is a closer reality to what many of us on the street have come across in our quest to better Louisville.
It is important to note as well that even the US Government considers Louisville/Jefferson County to be separate entities. There has never been a merged Louisville/Jefferson County only a merged Government. What have we accomplished with this?
We were promised so many things with merger yet none have become reality. The biggest promise was a more efficient less costly government and yet our government has grown since merger while the citizens have fallen behind.
It seems that we have a daily story of corruption in one form or another.
It also seems we have many that aid and abet in the coverup of such for many. That is why I do what I do. MSD, Judy Green, LMAS, LWC, and so much more that former Mayor Abramson has abused and used for his gain have hurt we the common citizen in more ways than one.
These issues remain because of the insider's loop that prevails throughout the partisan process here in Louisville. Merger has NOT been the success the CJ and the administration want us to believe but has instead been a dismal failure in what it could be.
Don't believe me?
The IQS research team concluded this in their own summary:
"the summary conclusions of the IQS Research survey indicate an “unusually low” level of public satisfaction with the results of city/county merger"
So much for Mayor Fischer's spin eh.
“There is an unusually large concentration of respondents (60%) who indicated a score of 4 or 5 on the satisfaction scale. Typically scores in this range are an indication of apathy or disengagement. Given the results heretofore in this report, this is not a large surprise. However, when compared with other satisfaction studies this result would be considered unusual.”
Take a close look at the results of this survey yourself and ask what would be gained if we decided to unmerge the Louisville government.
In many opinions that would be a great thing. Perhaps even mine included.