Right2Vote Group Considers Petition on Jail
The Right2Vote group is making plans to circulate a petition demanding a referendum on the $50 million bond issue to support a detention center-public safety complex in Carthage and to pay for utility improvements in Pinehurst.
John Marcum, organizer and leader, said the petition will be circulated if there is a determination that the initiative has legal authority to require the referendum.
“There’s been a big rush to judgment on this entire issue,” Marcum said Tuesday night at the group’s second town hall-style meeting in the Pinehurst Village Hall.
Marcum reported that he has appealed action by the Local Government Commission executive committee last week and will be granted a hearing before the full commission at the next LGC meeting on Dec. 7.
The decision to appeal was made after Marcum made a lengthy presentation before the LGC committee in Raleigh last week. The commission has authority to deny the county’s action to issue $50 million in limited obligation bonds if it determines that the county cannot support such a bonded indebtedness. The appeal and the petition are two steps taken by the Right2Vote leadership since the first rally on Thursday night. The Tuesday meeting attracted about 22 supporters, whereas the initial rally had an attendance estimated at 60.
Marcum said he will make sure the petition has legal viability before it is circulated. He said he would hate to go to the trouble of gathering some 7,000 signatures only to find out that the petition would not stand up legally.
The gathering reiterated objections to the building project and reviewed strategy not only for the petition drive but also for the Monday meeting of the Moore County Board of Commissioners. At the Sept. 7 meeting the commissioners agreed to discuss the issue with the public at their next regular meeting. Marcum plans to make a special presentation at that time and others in the group are preparing to participate in the discussion with the commissioners, who are split 3-2 on the subject of a bond referendum.
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