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A group of villagers is launching a campaign to put on the November ballot the question of whether the Village should fund the CBE infrastructure. The group, comprised of Chrissy Cruz, Kate Hamilton, Dawn Johnson, Taki Manolakos and Christine Roberts, will, with the help of volunteers, circulate petitions downtown over the weekend to gather signatures.

The group aims to collect at least 600 signatures of Yellow Springs registered voters, which is about twice the number required by law, according to Cruz last week. After collecting the signatures, the organizers will return the petitions to the Yellow Springs Clerk of Council for a 10-day period of public inspection, after which the petitions go to the Greene County Board of Elections by the Aug. 6 deadline. If the referendum is on the November ballot, there will be no extra cost to the Village.

While some express concerns that a referendum on the CBE will divide the community, Cruz disagrees.

“I think the community is already divided on the issue and a referendum will help put us back together,” she said. “People will feel better if they feel it’s an open process that they participated in.”

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