City Council Meeting update

Here’s a quick recap of the info from last night’s City Council Meeting (at least the stuff about the budget petition, anyway):

  • The petition that was filed is valid, with at least the required 19 (18.2, actually) valid signatures.
  • The City is holding a special meeting to decide its next step on next Tuesday at 7pm.
  • There is a possibility, according to City Attorney Lammers, that the referendum would not be legal because the Daycare was created by an Administrative Decision way back when and should have been referred then. The budget line is just carrying out that administrative decision from some years ago. (The attorney will be working out the legal mumbo-jumbo this week).
  • If the City Council decides Lammers is right, they may reject the referendum as illegal. This would put the ball back in the Petition Circulator’s court. She would have the option of suing (at her own expense) the City and asking the court to rule Lammers’ opinion incorrect and force an election. Under this scenario, if The Circulator doesn’t sue the City, this whole mess would be dropped. If she does, the City would have even more legal expenses defending itself in court.
  • If the City (or Lammers) decides the referendum would not be illegal, then they will schedule a special election for late November or early December.
  • Which ever way this pendulum swings, the City Council has ten days from yesterday to make a decision and either schedule an election or reject the referendum.

This is my take. Anyone with another (better) explanation, please jump into the fray by posting it in the comments!

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