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Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 8:23pm
EL PASO — El Paso City Council decided not to put a petition aimed at saving city hall on the May ballot.
The petition considered asked city council to repeal it's June 26th decision, when council approved that City Manager Joyce Wilson negotiate a contract with MountainStar Sports Group and look into ways to finance the ballpark.
City representatives voted against doing that by a 5-3 vote. That means the ballpark debate will not end up before voters on the May ballot.
Even if council had decided to put it on the ballot, that still would not have stopped the demolition of city hall because the city has already signed a contract to tear it down. The city said the wording in the petition would not have saved city hall.
"What we didn't want to do is confuse the public any further. We wanted to make sure that everyone understood that we have made a contractual agreement with the local ownership that the judge last week in Austin, the attorney general all said we had the legal authority to do so,” said City Representative Cortney Niland.
"The only thing that happened today was that democracy in El Paso does not exist because what you really have today and what the council has proven is that they are a dictatorship and it doesn't matter how many people petition the government and it doesn't matter how many certified petitions the people have, this city council is not going to respect any of it," said City Representative Eddie Holguin.
Crews are scheduled to demolish city hall in early April.