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Aug 19, 2013 10:28 PM by Mike Manzoni -- mmanzoni@kristv.com

Anti-Bayfront Group Now Against Ballot Price Tag

CORPUS CHRISTI -- The Taxpayers' Association, which last week launched a campaign against Destination Bayfront, said Tuesday it opposes the six figure price tag to put the project on a ballot this November.

Jack Gordy, a member of the group, said the $180-200,000 it will cost the city to hold the Nov. 5 special election is a waste of money. "I just can't understand the City Council wanting to spend my money and your money - $175,000 or more - just to put one thing on the ballot," he said. "It's not looking out for me or you."

Gordy said it would make more sense for the city to hold off until November 2014 to put the issue on the ballot because there is already a city council election scheduled for that year.

Armando Chapa, the city secretary, said elections typically cost about $200,00, but can cost less depending on a variety of factors such as the number of polling stations and voting equipment rentals.

Gordy and his group launched a campaign against Destination Bayfront Friday. The group has been distributing T-shirts and yard signs with the words "Destination Bayfront," crossed out.

While the Destination Bayfront proposal will be the only city issue on the ballot, there will be other state referendums.

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