ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (AP) — Officials and residents from communities that surround Fort Knox have argued to stave off further cuts at the central Kentucky Army post.

The News-Enterprise (http://bit.ly/17iqLrw) reports more than 500 people attended a listening session at the Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center Elizabethtown on Tuesday about possible reductions. The Army has said that the post could lose 4,100 soldier and civilian jobs if maximum cuts are reinstated in 2016.

The Army is taking comments from a total of 30 communities near different installations, including Fort Campbell, before deciding on what cuts to make.

The newspaper reports local officials touted the high quality of life and the community support offered to soldiers based at Fort Knox.

The post lost its only combat brigade, which included 3,000 soldiers, last year.

Radcliff Mayor Mike Weaver questioned the Army's data that showed it costs the Army $4,357 to station a soldier at Fort Knox, which is among the highest cost in the nation.

"This comparison of cost just does not make sense," he said, noting the community and the state have a low cost of living. "We ask you to please take another look at the validity of the data,

Meade County business owner Peter Hill had similar sentiments.

"Check your metric, check your data," he said.

Gov. Steve Beshear and U.S. Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul made separate recordings that were played, with each asking Army leaders not to reduce the number of soldiers.

Hardin County Chamber of Commerce President Brad Richardson said the community has done much to help the post including embarking on road shows to attract talent to Fort Knox and help the Army. It was named the 2007 Active Base Community of the Year.

"I know that you're going to be hearing from other installations," Richardson said. "You're going to hear a lot about emotion and about how wonderful everybody is and how friendly we are, but (we) stepped up and did something that was not done by any other community installation in the United States."

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Information from: The News-Enterprise, http://www.thenewsenterprise.com