A petition drive to force a referendum on city spending on a new Bixoli ballpark has fallen short, with the City Council voting today to move ahead with gather rate information on a potential bond sale.
The Steps Coalition, a group seeking to put the question of bonding to voters in a fall election, gathered 888 signatures, short of the 1,500 signatures needed to force a referendum. The group, along with the local chapter of the NAACP and a local anti-tax group, had protested the ballpark plan.
At today’s meeting, the City Council voted 4-2 to move ahead with a study of rates for $21 million in bonding. The ballpark for a Class AA Southern League team could open as soon as 2014 if funding is finalized. The state has already pledged $15 million.
Rendering courtesy of Dale Associates Architects.
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