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Hood River Park Initiative Petition Backers Turn In Signatures

Backers of an initiative petition to amend the Hood River City Charter to require authorization from voters before municipal parkland could be sold has turned in more than the required number of signatures to qualify for the ballot.  Kim Kean at the Hood River County elections’ office says 1,245 signatures were collected, well over the 762 needed to reach the November ballot.  Signatures must still be verified.  The petition, filed by Brian Carlstrom and Tracey Tomashpol, would amend the City of Hood River’s charter to require an authorization by the city’s voters before city parks could be sold or transferred for any purpose not related to public recreation.