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Proposed Ballot Measure Could Have Ripple Effect on City Council

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, March 23, 2012

Jim and Delphine Cathcart are part of the group called STOP, or Sacramento Taxpayers Opposed to Pork.  STOP wants the public to vote in November on whether the public should vote again later on the use of public funds to build an arena. 

CATHCARTS: "It is the largest project in the City of Sacramento's history and the voters and taxpayers should have something to say about it."

If STOP's measure makes the ballot, that would force the City Council to decide by the first week of August if it would put its own measure on the ballot asking for funding approval.

This would put the project at risk, which is what STOP is hoping for.  

If the STOP measure is the only measure on the ballot and it passes, the City would have to halt all work on the arena and terminate any contracts related to the project.   

If STOP's measure and a council measure passes, work would proceed uninterrupted.

Mayor Kevin Johnson says the people already voted when they elected their council members to make these decisions.

JOHNSON: "We have the jurisdiction and the authority to call the shots where we are today.   I think Council voted that we're going to make this investment.  We have the ability to do that." 

The City Council would have until the beginning of December to call a special election, which would cost up to $1.5 million. 

All of this, of course, depends on the ability of STOP to gather 30,000 signatures by the end of May.

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