A group of Nashvillians trying to halt construction of a pro football stadium is circulating a petition that would change the Metro Charter and cut off funding to private ventures such as the stadium project.
As the Scene reported last week, Anita Orr is spokeswoman for the group pushing for the amendment, which would demand that voters approve any public spending on private ventures. She said her organization, called “Nashville Committee for Referendum,” needs 10,000 signatures by this Friday if the measure is to be included on a March 5 ballot.
Orr had originally hoped a referendum to change the charter could be included on the March 12 “Super Tuesday” primary ballot. However, she said that a final vote scheduled for March 6 by Metro Council to approve the bonds would render a March 12 vote meaningless.
Petitions, Orr said, can be signed at one of six area locations, including the Metro Courthouse. Orr, incidentally, is a former employee of the Metro Employment and Training Resource Agency, and labels herself a “community activist.
“It just so happened I got involved with this organization in November,” Orr says. “It started out as something for me to do on my Saturdays.”
“We know time is not in our favor,” she said. “Who knows what will happen?”
Council members Stewart Clifton and David Klinefelter say they are opposed to the stadium.
Orr says that, when she worked as a case manager for the Employment and Training Resource Agency, it was her job to report fraud and mismanagement to the government. “Initially, the mayor’s office wanted me to remain silent, and when I didn’t, I was...fired, and placed in harm’s way,” she says. “I’m not even going to start to explain the drama along with that.”
Still, Orr insists that the move for the referendum is “not an anti-Bredesen deal. We don’t want to be painted as disgruntled employees or any of that. We have been really hurt.
“These are two separate issues, but they have managed to become entwined.”
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