Today, after public comments and advice and consultation from the City Attorney and special legal advisor, the City Commission voted unanimously to reject two petitions from a local citizen committee.
As required by the City’s Charter, the City Secretary reported that sufficient valid signatures were submitted on each of two petitions submitted on July 15, 2013.
Petition 1: Repeal the drainage utility and refund collected fees.
Petition 2: Limit annual growth in the city budget to the rate of population growth plus percentage increase in Consumer Price Index
The City Commission considers the petition initiatives to be improper ballot initiatives and would violate various rulings by Texas courts that limit the power of initiative and referendum. The City Attorney informed the City Commission he had informed Mr. Sumerford in January 2013 that significant legal issues surround the two petitions.
Both petitions seek to restrict the duty of the elected officials of Amarillo to manage the financial affairs of the City. Marcus Norris, City Attorney, said this is what makes these two petitions different from petitions in recent years.
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