Signature battle gets heated for new school in downtown Jeffersonville

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- The signature battle for a new school in downtown Jeffersonville is heating up.

Mayor Mike Moore has fought to build an elementary school next to Nachand Fieldhouse, and he has some strong words for those who are against it.

"If you don't like the way I'm doing things in the city of Jeff, you have two options," Moore said. "Vote for somebody else or move to another community."

Moore is providing yellow petitions for people to sign inside his office at City Hall. Yellow sheets are in support of the new school.

"The mayor's office and the city of Jeff is going to be a place where you can come in, sign yellow and continue to help improve the city," he said. "I'm proud to say sign yellow."

A signature battle started last week.

"It's a very unfair process," said Alice Butler, who is part of the opposition group that is collecting blue petitions. "It's OK to use the city mayor's office to sign yellow, but no one else can go anywhere to sign blue."

Butler said blue volunteers are going door to door to collect signatures.

"People who are opposed to it do not have access to the same tax dollars that the pro sides have," she said. "And it's just not fair."

Moore said he does not plan to provide blue petitions at his office, saying the city desperately needs a downtown school to help the surrounding area develop and grow.

"There have been no tax dollars used in any of this," Moore said. "The funds that are being used are from properties that have been sold or leases that the Redevelopment Commission has.

"If you don't agree with me, vote me out next time."

Both sides will collect signatures for the next three weeks until the 30-day deadline is up.

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