Will there be a referendum on keeping the status quo at the Fairgrounds? The City Paper is reporting that the Save My Fairgrounds group led by Metro Councilman Jamie Hollin has gathered approximately two-thirds of the signatures they need to put the Fairgrounds' fate to a vote in August's citywide elections:
Supporters of Save My Fairgrounds have until May 16 to collect more than 15,000 petition signatures to add a special referendum to August’s local election. In question is retaining all existing activities at the 117-acre much-disputed property.
It’s a tight time frame to pull off a feat that requires more signatures than two recent memorable Metro petition efforts.
Three years ago, Metro Councilman Eric Crafton successfully collected more than the necessary 10,103 signatures during his initial English-only referendum push, before besting a 2,475-signature mark during a subsequent effort that ultimately led to a special election. One year later in 2009, Hollin turned in nearly 1,000 signatures to hold a special recall election to oust sitting East Nashville Councilwoman Pam Murray.