Sacramento Taxpayers Opposed to Pork, better known as STOP, reached an important milestone in their campaign to put a public subsidy for a new arena on the June ballot Friday.
The Sacramento County Registrar of Voters said that the group surpasses its required number of petition signatures.
STOP claimed victory in a written statement Friday afternoon, but the Sacramento city clerk said passing the threshold is just part of a much larger process.
“I feel compelled to remind the community that simply reaching this threshold does not conclude the petition validation process,” City Clerk Shirley Concolino said.
Mayor Kevin Johnson and supporters of the arena project have accused STOP of circulating different versions of the petition and misleading voters. STOP President Julian Camacho has told FOX40 that the differences between each petition are minor.
Sacramento County will continue to count and verify signatures until a full count is complete. Then, the process moves on to the city clerk.
Sacramento Kings President Chris Granger released a statement later Friday afternoon. Read it below:
“As we have stated in the past, we love Sacramento and are committed to doing all we can to support the City’s efforts to develop an entertainment and sports complex that will help revitalize our downtown. The Kings appreciate the support we have received from the community and know that the organization is fortunate to have the best and most loyal fans in all of the NBA. We share the many concerns expressed by the Mayor, The 4000 and others in Sacramento regarding the anti-arena campaign and are prepared to work to support their leadership.”
Ian McDonald contributed to this report.