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12-05-2013, 06:33 PM
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Citizens petitioning to stop arena payments to Blue Jackets

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stor...payments.html?

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A citizens’ group has turned in petitions seeking a public vote to stop the city from paying on its purchase contract for Nationwide Arena.

The Columbus Coalition for Responsive Government submitted 17,200 signatures to the Columbus City Clerk office today to amend the purchase ordinance and stop payments to purchase the arena by Jan. 2016.

The group needs a little less than 5,000 of those signatures to be validated by the Franklin County Board of Elections to get the issue on the ballot.

City officials wouldn’t comment on the coalition’s proposal. In general, City Attorney Richard C. Pfeiffer Jr. said, contracts cannot be undone at the ballot box.

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This group had a ballot initiative stopped last year due to fraudulent signatures. Wouldn't count on all of them being real this time either.

Edit: I see the article mentioned that at the bottom.

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what does this do to the blue jackets lease if the payments are brought to a halt? Could that terminate the lease?

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Yeah, I agree with the City Attorney. You cant undo a contract at the ballot box!

I mean, seriously! That's just silly!

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Yeah, I agree with the City Attorney. You cant undo a contract at the ballot box!

I mean, seriously! That's just silly!
So basically the advocacy group wants the city to intentionally default on a contract? Not seeing that go over well.

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I didn't realize you could do something like this that long after the deal went into effect.

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I didn't realize you could do something like this that long after the deal went into effect.
It's a petition, they rarely ever turn into anything unless there's a ridiculous amount of signatures.

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This group had a ballot initiative stopped last year due to fraudulent signatures. Wouldn't count on all of them being real this time either.

Edit: I see the article mentioned that at the bottom.
The article also states they were recently successful in obtaining the signatures for a vote on campain spending.

It'll be interesting to see how this plays out.

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Doesn't seem to have much to do with opinions on the team. More of a principled stand against government subsidies.

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Doesn't seem to have much to do with opinions on the team. More of a principled stand against government subsidies.
Actually, this is about a group that's trying to get casino money spent on their own pet projects.(in this case, public financing for elections so they can unseat deep pocketed incumbents)


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It's a petition, they rarely ever turn into anything unless there's a ridiculous amount of signatures.
We've had a few citizen run petition drives in Ohio. In 2011 the state passed a law restricting the bargaining rights of public employees. There was a petition drive, to get it on the ballot. Like the Glendale folks they had a deadline before they had to get the signatures before it was too late.

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