Merger plan has merits

By Chuck Kajer

Voters in the cities of Elko and New Market will decide March 21 whether the two cities should combine forces or continue as they have for more than 100 years as neighbors looking across the road from each other.

The two cities, which share a common border along Scott County Road 91 (Natchez Avenue) are roughly the same size and both are poised to see tremendous growth over the next 10 years. It is the growth, and its cost, which make the merger attractive to city officials.

The two communities each had a population of less than 500 in the 2000 census.

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