Merger talks appear dead in Hardin County. The fiscal court this week voted 7-2 against establishing a unification review commission.
For merger discussions to move forward, the unification review commission would have needed approval from both the county and Elizabethtown city government. Proponents had argued a merger would increase Hardin County's clout on the state and national level, and streamline government services.
Opponents feared tax increases and loss of community identity.