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City Government Month

Did you know that September is City Government Month in the state of KY? Each September the City of Bowling Green works with the Kentucky League of Cities to educate residents – and primarily elementary students – about our local government and how it is run.

Often times, there are common misconceptions about what form of government we are, how residents can get involved, where our taxes go, what services we offer, how our elections work, and more.

Check out some of these great facts and activities that we use when working with our student population.

  • The City of Bowling Green was founded in 1798
  • The City of Bowling Green was incorporated in 1812
  • From 1898 to 1907, City Hall was located in the Old McCormack Building at 1008 State Street. It burned in 1911, part of the building’s exterior was saved.
  • The current City Hall was built in 1907 and once house the police court, judicial offices, attorneys, a City Physician, a library and jail cells.
  • Bowling Green is a City Manager form of government. The Board of Commissioners (Board)
    appoints a City Manageras the chief administrative officer, whose responsibility is to carry out the decisions of the Board and manage the day-to-day operations of the City.
  • The Board of Commissioners includes one Mayor and four Commissioners.
  • The Mayor serves a 4 year term.
  • Commissioners serve a 2 year term.
  • The Board of Commission meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at City Hall at 4:30 p.m.
  • The capital city of Kentucky is Frankfort.
  • Bowling Green is 38.78 Square Miles.
  • The City of Bowling Green website is www.bgky.org.
  • The City of Bowling Green founding fathers were brothers Robert and George Moore.
  • The City of Bowling Green maintains 20 City Parks, 258 miles of streets and 112 miles of
    sidewalks.

For more information about City Government Month or to find out how you can get involved, please contact Kim Lancaster at kim.lancaster@bgky.org or 270-393-3642.

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