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Take Back St. Louis Initiative in Court Today

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The future of a proposed ballot question in the city of St. Louis could be decided today.

Circuit Judge Robert Dierker is set to rule on a permanent injunction, after granting a temporary restraining order earlier this year.

Arielle Klagsbrun is with a group that collected 22,000 signatures for the referendum.

“We’re very much hoping that we pass this legal hurdle, and are able to bring the Take Back St. Louis initiative to the voters, hopefully on the August or November ballot,” she says.

She says the vacant lots of St. Louis are big assets, and would benefit by the ballot measure’s passage.

“With proper investment and proper participatory development from neighborhood residents, we could have a burgeoning green economy here that employs people with green jobs and moves us away from fossil fuels,” she says.

The proposal would ask St. Louis residents if they want to keep the city from giving tax breaks to big energy companies and require the city to invest in an open land for renewability and sustainability initiatives.

The Take Back St. Louis group had hoped to get it placed on the April 8 ballot, but the judge’s temporary restraining order prevented that.

Klagsbrun says if Dierker chooses today to declare a permanent injunction, her group is prepared to appeal.

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