NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Some residents of Davidson County began receiving petitions in the mail to help save the fairgrounds.
The petitions are a new effort from supporters who want to keep the Nashville Fairgrounds speedway, buildings and flea market as they currently are.
Metro Councilman Jamie Hollin said he is supportive of the effort.
“Uniformly, everywhere I go in the city it's, 'Save the fairgrounds' and this will settle it once and for all,” he said.
Hollin told Nashville's News 2 he wants to get a referendum on Metro's election ballot in the upcoming August election. The referendum would allow voters to make the decision on the future of the fairgrounds.
“I don't think any of the fairground supporters have any faith that the process won't have a predetermined outcome,” he said.
The Metro Council voted earlier this year to have a master plan for a renovated fairgrounds.
Mayor Karl and the Nashville-Davidson County Chamber of Commerce support moving the flea market to another location and turn the fairgrounds property into a more lucrative enterprise.
In order to get the referendum on the ballot, Hollin must get at least 10%, or 15,700 signatures from Davidson County voters who cast ballots in the last election.
Hollin would not say how many ballots were mailed on Thursday and said that if voters ultimately decide in a referendum to close the fairgrounds or not, it would be a win-win situation for everyone.
“If that's what they want, it's a win-win. There are no losers, if they want it, proceed. If they don't, the people will decide once and for all,” he said.
Since the referendum would be placed on the ballot in a general election, Hollin said there will be no cost to taxpayers.
Hollin and supporters have three weeks to gather and turn in the thousands of signatures needed to the election commission
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