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Redding group seeks votes in fight over land purchase

Published On: Mar 15 2014 07:56:39 PM CDT
REDDING, Calif. -

An argument rages on in Shasta County over a disputed land sale. Opponents of the purchase are hoping to get registered Redding voters in on the fight.

The group known as Residents Entitled to Vote on Land Transaction started gathering signatures Saturday morning, even setting up a drive-thru option at their headquarters site on Locust Street.

4,700 signatures are needed to get the decision on the ballot in November’s general election.

Redding City Council members voted 3-2 in favor of the sale, accepting a $600,000 offer from the McConnell Foundation at the meeting March 4. The land purchase gets Turtle Bay Exploration Park a step closer to building a new hotel.

Opponents said it was not a fair price.

“It hurts the city's taxpayers because they're losing very valuable land that they own,” said State Building & Construction Trades Council of California delegate Tom Curato. “That's why we believe that the city taxpayers should have the decision to whether or not they should give away that land."

An average of three appraisals valued the more than 14 acres at about $230,000.

REVOLT said the land is worth more than $4-million. They think the purchase should face the scrutiny of Redding voters.

The referendum must be submitted by early April.