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Reason State should amend municipal statutes.

This is the reason why the State Legislature should amend Chapter 160A (and likely other) state statutes governing municipalities. Financial obligations of this magnitude should most certainly always be a ballot referendum question for voters. It took citizens protesting and pushing for their own referendum before the Council did an end run to derail that effort and put a bond referendum on the ballot. But evidently unknown to the populous until now there have been talks off the public radar with certain county officials about a private firm funding construction of a baseball stadium and mall. Quite different from the Wilmington City Council wishing to hand over tens upon tens of millions of dollars to give a fat-cat company a free ride by paying to build a stadium for them and getting nothing in return. The State Legislature should be called upon to amend state law to make such negotiations extra-transparent especially when talking numbers over $30 million dollars and under the general free-ride terms the City Council (in all their absence of grey matter) are currently considering.


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