Mayor Miro Weinberger speaking at a news conference about ballot questions
Three groups supporting two Election Day ballot questions related to the proposed Burlington Town Center project have spent more than $30,000 trying to get them passed, campaign filings show.
The Partnership for Burlington’s Future, a political action committee, has spent $15,430, finance reports filed October 28 show. Together for Progress registered as a public question committee — meaning it spent cash for political purposes but did not raise any. It spent $9,539, according to a filing from November 2. And BTC Mall Associates, another public question committee, spent $5,586, an October 28 filing shows.
The Partnership for Burlington’s Future, a PAC created by Mayor Miro Weinberger, has also spent to support ballot items No. 1 and No. 2, which would authorize spending for capital improvements and water pipeline updates and replacement.
Together for Progress involves the Burlington Business Association, AARP, Local Motion, the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission and the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce. The BBA is funding its costs, said its executive director, Kelly Devine.
Filings show the group spent money on fliers and brochures, advertisements, bumper stickers, buttons and T-shirts, along with food and a public address system, likely for a Pop-up Beer Hall event held last week inside the Burlington Town Center.
Members of the Coalition for a Livable City
Don Sinex, the mall’s owner, is behind BTC Mall Associates. He’s spent on advertisements online and in print. The passing of both ballot initiatives would allow him to go forward with his proposed $250 million mall redevelopment. The mixed-use building would rise 14 stories — about 160 feet — if the new zoning ordinance is passed. His ads tout “the new Burlington Town Center,” but do not specifically advocate for “yes” votes on the ballot initiatives.
Opponents of the TIF and zoning change questions have rallied under the banner of the Coalition for a Livable City. The group registered as a PAC in late June. Its members have has raised $8,755 and spent about $7,327, a report filed Friday says. The coalition spent on advertisements, printing, postage and copies.