Judge: Ballpark bonds can be issued

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 6:51pm

The ballpark bonds can be issued.

That decision from an Austin, Texas judge this afternoon.

Judge Sulak rendered his opinion that the City of El Paso can proceed with issuing the bonds for the construction of the Triple-A ballpark.

But as far as the May election ballot language debate, and whether the public should be able to vote on rescinding council's June 2012 ballpark vote, Judge Sulak is leaving that decision in city council's hands.

City Rep. Susie Byrd, District 2, tells NewsChannel 9 that the City has made an obligation to the Mountain Star Sports Group, or the investors who've bought the Tucson Padres, and believes they should keep their end of the bargain.

City Attorney, Sylvia Firth released a statement on the issue:

"The City’s legal team is still evaluating the full effect of Judge Sulak’s ruling. However, it is safe to say the judge has cleared the way for the City to issue bonds and execute the venue project as approved by the voters. All requests for injunctive relief to stop the project were denied. Additionally, Judge Sulak did impose a requirement for a $1M bond, in the event the interveners appealed his ruling.

From the bench, the judge stated his reluctance to direct City Council’s actions and did not want to interfere with the legislative branch of government on how to act with regard to the petitions and the ballot. The final action with regard to the petition will be considered by City Council on Tuesday, February 26, 2013."

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