Ann Arbor Area Community News
Laura Strowe, Treasurer for “Citizens Advocating Responsible Development”, announced yesterday that the group had fallen short in its effort to collect enough signatures to force a referendum on the financing package for the Broadway Village redevelopment. (See painfully drawn-out discussion here.)
Strowe states the failed petition drive shows that, “It is obvious that the majority of citizens want a public vote on this issue.”
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Date: Wed, 2 Aug 2006 08:03:07 -0700 (PDT)
Citizens Advocating Responsible Development (CARD) fell short of its goal of gathering enough petition signatures to force a referendum on the issuance of $40 million of bonds by the City for Broadway Village.
We decided early in the petition drive to rely only on volunteers and not to pay circulators. Unfortunately, our dozens of circulators, working throughout the City, were not able to reach enough voters to gather the needed signatures in the 45 days allowed by state law. We were also hampered by a late start, summer vacations and competition with the demands of the primaries.
Our circulators report that the overwhelming majority of registered voters who were offered the petition did sign it. It is obvious that the majority of citizens want a public vote on this issue. We hope that City Council will authorize such a vote, even though Council is not legally required to do so.
The petition drive had the positive effect of bringing this issue before the public. Most of the people who signed were appalled that the City would even consider this risky financial arrangement whereby the City becomes a debtor for the sake of a private development. We urge the City Council to reconsider its announced intention of issuing these bonds.
Laura Strowe, treasurer
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