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"Vote No" to continue as watchdog in Wilmington

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The group that successfully helped defeat a plan by the city of Wilmington to raise taxes to pay for a baseball stadium in this year's election plans to keep watching over city business.

The "Vote No Stadium Tax" group held a news conference Thursday morning to say it will continue in its role as a watchdog. Scott Harry, who has acted as the spokesperson for the group, said citizens should follow their lead and be more vocal in local government.

"It's only then are we going to get what we want out of this city," he said.

Harry called on the Atlanta Braves and Mandalay Baseball to release their exclusive option on the Wilmington area. No other group can negotiate plans to bring a team to the city until the option is released with Minor League Baseball. Harry said he supports a pro team moving to the Port City, and other businesses should be able to start the negotiating process for a privately-funded park. 

The terms of the Minor League Baseball development option in Wilmington are uncertain. The organization's legal department explained that each option is different and the details are not shared with the public.

Council members will continue to hear from Vote No Stadium Tax, as Harry said the group will remain active in the community as an ‘accountability group'. They have no plans to run candidates in this year's city election, but say they will be a good group to vet potential candidates.

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