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Unofficial Count Gives Tiger Stadium Fan Club Enough Signatures

January 8, 1996

DETROIT (AP) _ A preliminary count given Monday by the city clerk’s office indicates enough signatures were collected by the Tiger Stadium Fan Club to force an August vote on stopping funding for a new ballpark.

Deputy City Clerk Vernon Allen said the unofficial results show 10,285 signatures were turned in last week by the fan club. Of those, 8,067 have been determined valid.

The fan club needed 7,948 to collect valid signatures to force the City Council to either repeal its own ordinance in 30 days or put the measure on the next election ballot.

In December, the City Council voted to overturn a 1992 referendum prohibiting public funds from being used for a new stadium. That allowed the city to allocate $40 million in Downtown Development Authority bonds it planned to sell for the new stadium.

``We know the other side has a lot more money and resources to use in the campaign but we hope the people will see the project’s flaws and make the right decision,″ said Frank Rashid, president of the fan club. ``When this much public money is going to a project the people have a right to decide.″

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