Baseball campaign: only one option visible to voters
There are no signs in support of a publicly-funded baseball stadium in Wilmington yet.
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – With early voting inching closer, the campaign to sway undecided voters about a bond referendum to build a stadium in Wilmington has appeared a bit one-sided.
Signs reading ‘Vote No Stadium Tax' can be seen in streets, neighborhoods and front lawns. A new media buy airing on Time Warner Cable channels has organizer Scott Harry sharing his concern about the deal to bring a Minor League team to Wilmington. He warns that city council wants to levy a $75 million tax to build the ballpark.
Councilman Kevin O'Grady said he's concerned that there is no counter-argument from the Wilmington Family Entertainment and Baseball Coalition about the $37 million bond referendum.
"The debt they're talking about is significantly overstated," O'Grady said.
A spokesperson for the pro-stadium group said the public can expect signs and more to hit the city soon. O'Grady added that it's important for voters to be educated before early voting starts.
"They need to know the facts before they get there," he said.
Even though it's the only show in town right now, Vote No Stadium Tax organizers expect a major effort from their counterparts.
"They're a huge machine," said Scott Harry. "But we are the people."
Those people did not pay for the media buy, however. Americans for Prosperity covered the cost, much like it did for a similar ad in May that cost $20,000.