Mayor is skeptical on merger

By FRED LUCAS State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Merging city and county governments won't save taxpayers money, Mayor Bill May declared Wednesday, and it could cost more in supplying expanded services.

Still, May said he isn't opposed to the proposals to merge Frankfort city government with the Franklin County government. He just said he wants to see a plan before making a decision.

"It will not save money," May said responding to a question about the issue after delivering the "State of the City" address at the Rotary Club Wednesday at the Holiday Inn-Capital Plaza. "In order to provide the same police protection in the county that we do in the city, it could cost $1 million more."

A petition is currently being circulated asking city and county officials to appoint a board that would draw up a proposal to put before the voters in November 2004. The ultimate result could be similar to Lexington/Fayette County and Louisville/Jefferson County, both of which have a merged governments. The petition must have 3,433 signitures, or 20 percent of those who voted in the last election, to require local officials to draw up a plan.

In his address, May also repeated other themes such as his opposition to moving City Hall into the current Paul Sawyier Public Library building, support for building a new police station and support for redevelopment of Holmes Street.

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