Merger petition drive launched

By CHARLES PEARL State Journal Staff Writer Published:

They came in the rain to the Kentucky History Center, at noon Friday, to sign a petition to initiate a voter referendum on the issue of merging city and county governments.

Former state Rep. Hank Hancock with the Urge to Merge group welcomed approximately 100 people in the lobby at the petition drive commencement.

"This location is significant for what we are doing today because this could be the beginning of a very historical moment for our Franklin County community," Hancock said. "This is only the first step of a very long and deliberative movement."

The next step can't begin until the petition drive is completed. It will require the signature of 3,433 voters, or 20 percent of those who voted in the last election.

"As we affix our signature to this document," Hancock said, "we must all pray that the present leaders of our community and their designees - with an open mind - will carefully review our present government structure with the great pride it deserves and give careful consideration of values that could be gained by change, for all of our future citizens, in a sincere effort to present an acceptable charter."

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