The Urge to Merge group will officially begin its petition drive - to initiate a voter referendum - at noon Feb. 14 in the Kentucky History Center.
The wording on the draft petition says, "We, the undersigned registered voters in Frankfort and/or Franklin County, hereby petition to let the voters decide on whether to have merged city/county government. In the interest of promoting efficient and economical local government, we request that the Franklin County Fiscal Court and the Frankfort City Commission jointly appoint a Merger Commission in accordance with the Charter County Government Statute (KRS 67.830) charged with the following:
"1. Study the question of merging Frankfort and Franklin County governments; and
"2. Draft a plan for a Charter County (merged) form of local government; and
"3. Place the merger question on the ballot for a voter decision in November 2004."
Urge to Merge organizers need to get signatures equal to 20 percent of registered voters who voted in the last general election, or approximately 4,000.
For more on this story, see today's State Journal.