Coalition plans to collect 1,500 signatures by Tuesday

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The citizens group, hoping to force a vote on Biloxi's plan to borrow $21 million to build a baseball stadium, has just six days left to gather enough signatures on petitions. Members of the Concerned Citizens Taxpayer Coalition spent Wednesday figuring out how to accomplish that goal.

Fifteen hundred is the magic number of how many registered Biloxi voters are needed to sign a petition for the bond to be put on the ballot. As the group prepares to launch a public information campaign. Members said they want people to know they aren't holding this petition drive to stop the project.

"No one I've talked to is against the park per se," said Bishop James Black, coalition member. "It's just the concept and the process is being presented to the community when they're being asked to be part of a $21 million bond issue and have no say so in it. It's ludicrous to think that people should not be part of this decision making and not just a few people on the council."

People who live in Biloxi shouldn't be surprised if they hear a knock at the door over the next few days. One of the strategies that the Concerned Citizens Taxpayers Coalition is taking is to go door to door collecting signatures.

Clemons P. Jimmerson, Sr. said, "We have various groups that will be contacted to activate their resources of the human bodies that they have available. Then we have various churches that will become involved in this issue. It has to be a total community effort and everybody has to work together as a team in order to get this accomplished in the short time frame that we have."

That time frame ends on Tuesday. The Concerned Citizens Taxpayer Coalition is stressing that people must be registered to vote in Biloxi in order to sign the petition. For more information on the petitions call 228-435-3113 or 228-435-7284. 

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