The deadline for the first batch of signatures for the Taxpayers Against Giveaways referendum effort to place the Columbia Town Center redevelopment legislation on the November ballot is just three days away. There is a good deal of speculation as to whether they will meet the initial threshold of 2,500 signatures of registered voters in Howard County.
Last week the group circulated an email about the responses they have received during their signature gathering. Tag claims that about,
“65% do not want that much density and sign the petition.
20% are too busy to talk about it.
8% are comfortable with CB-59 as written.
6% are undecided on CB-59, but think the people should have a chance to vote on it in November, and they sign the petition.
1% want to sign, but have a condition (e.g. severe hand tremors) preventing them from giving a valid signature.”
The key word here is “about.” What is missing is the number that these percentages were derived from. Is this 100, 1,000 or more?
The email goes on to claim that “The people want CB-59 on the November ballot, but TAG needs help to collect the required number of signatures.”
I can’t help but wonder if the people want this on the ballot so badly why aren’t there more canvassers out there?
For all of my daily travels in and around Columbia I have yet to see anyone gathering signatures for this petition and believe me I’ve been looking for them.