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.
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.