Updated 07/11/2012 08:45 PM
Petition opposing tax dollars for Wilmington baseball stadium declared invalid
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WILMINGTON — A petition that opposes using tax payer dollars for construction of a proposed baseball stadium in Wilmington has been declared invalid.
The city clerk said no affidavits were submitted to verify the authenticity of the petition's signatures and more than 60 dates of birth were invalid. Organizers of the petition tell News 14 Carolina they stand by their petition process, saying they followed city charter guidelines.
Council members at Tuesday night's meeting say otherwise.
"They are trying to find faults with it. These things have all been certified by the Board of Elections, I think they are trying to stop it and slow it down," said petition organizer Josh Fulton.
"I'm really tired of hearing a group of people our there saying that we are doing whatever we can to sandbag, to delay, to do all kinds of shady things that we are just not. We are following the letter of the law," said council member Charlie Rivenbark.
Fulton said he and other petition organizers are not planning legal action at this time.