Petition for merger vote is 507 short

By CHARLES PEARL State Journal Staff Writer Published:

The Urge to Merge group's goal was to have 3,433 voters' signatures on a petition to turn in to the county clerk's office by June 1. The petition is to initiate a voter referendum on the issue of merging city and county governments.

The goal wasn't met, but none of the 20 Urge to Merge supporters attending a 15-minute meeting Saturday morning were disappointed.

When the signatures were totaled, they had 2,886. Then Franklin County Magistrate Howard Dawson walked in with 40 more signatures to raise the number to 2,926, only 507 signatures short of the 3,433 magic number, which is 20 percent of those who voted in the last general election.

Frankfort developer C. Michael Davenport, a leader in the Urge to Merge campaign, asked if anyone felt if would be difficult to get 507 more signatures.

"There's no way we can keep from getting it," responded Sallye Hill Stumbo, a former city commissioner.

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