After over 4 hours of citizen comment, elected official debate and legal wrangling, the Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency (IA) voted 7-5 to approve the process to obtain financing for projects totaling up to $115.8.
The projects include the $20 million project to update Doak Campbell Stadium.
Before the much anticipated vote, but after the motion on the bond issuance, Leon County Commissioner Rick Minor attempted to make a motion to strip the FSU project from the list of projects.
However, his motion was rule out order and disallowed.
Next, Leon County Commissioner Dozier informed her colleagues that she would attempt to strip the FSU project from the bond issuance at the next Blueprint IA meeting on February 24, 2022.
After a legal explanation of Dozier’s procedural move, the IA took up debate on the bond issuance motion. After debate the motion was approved 7-5.
The seven yes votes included, Leon County Commissioners Nick Maddox, Bill Proctor, Jimbo Jackson, and Carolyn Cummings, Mayor John Dailey, and City Commissioners Curtis Richardson and Dianne Williams-Cox.
Those voting no included, Leon County Commissioners Rick Minor, Kristen Dozier, and Brian Welch and City Commissioners Jack Porter and Jeremy Matlow.
The FSU project was debated and passed 8-4 during the last Blueprint IA meeting in September.
However, Rick Minor, just before the meeting today, released a statement saying it would not support the bond issuance with the FSU project included.
Given the final 7-5 vote, Dozier’s proposed February motion to remove the FSU project will need to garner two more no votes to be successful.