The proposal to consolidate the Macon and Bibb County governments has cleared its final hurdle.
Gov. Nathan Deal confirmed Wednesday that he's signed the bill that calls for a referendum on consolidation. It now heads to the voters for a decision on July 31.
The governor didn't take sides on the issue.
"It's just a matter of allowing the voters the option as to what they think is most appropriate, and we're seeing movement in that direction in various parts of the state," Deal said. "This will give the folks in Bibb County and the City of Macon the opportunity to make that decision for themselves."
Deal commented on the consolidation bill during a news conference at the Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins.
The governor has been on a two-day tour of the state, signing legislation that the General Assembly approved this year.
He was at the air museum to sign legislation that permits active service members who've been awarded the purple heart to buy auto license plates saying so.