Ohio: Referendum petition opposes Aurora parking lot project

Thu, Jul 3 2014 — Source: Aurora Advocate

A group of residents, upset by the city’s plans to construct a new parking lot downtown and remove a ballfield, is circulating a referendum petition that it hopes will put the issue on the November ballot.

“We would like to see no loss of recreational space,” said resident Rita Scott, who is spearheading a committee of 12 residents who are circulating the petition. “There are lots of options for parking.”

Mayor Ann Womer Benjamin believes the Kiwanis-Moore Playground project, which consists of a parking lot, walkway, field improvements and landscaping, “is a first step toward improving Town Center, which can be the core of growth and activity that benefits everyone.”

Law Director Dean DiPiero said according to the Ohio Revised Code, there needs to be 596 valid signatures for the petition to be considered. The Portage County Board of Elections must verify each signature and each petition, he said, and the Board of Elections must certify the signatures and submit them at least 90 days before the Nov. 4 general election, which would be Aug. 4.

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