The ongoing baseball saga continues. Wilmington’s elected officials have lamented the costs going from $17m in taxpayer dollars with private funding. They earlier had seen the idea of a 6,500 seat stadium at $25m go to a 3,500 seat $42m stadium publicly complaining at every turn about costs. But they never stopped moving forward on spending more money and now they’re planning to have a referendum of “up to $42m” on the ballot in November.
The city’s elected leaders privately say, month after month, that the deal is done, not good, over with. . . but their public actions continue to be unanimous. On the one hand we could say that the voters having a say is a good thing. But the council has not publicly said they will abide by the outcome of that referendum.
In other words, council has not rejected other funding mechanisms like Tax Increment Financing (TIFs) and/or Certificates of Participation (COPs) which both can bypass the will of the voter. We will await the media asking that question.
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