OPTIONS UNDER ARTICLE X - (in plain language)
Citizen Initiative Process - City of Bellingham
We wish to make clear our understanding of the provisions of the Bellingham City Charter, as it relates to Council action in response to a Citizen Initiative. This is covered in Article X : "DIRECT LEGISLATION".
(If it appears that this description is inaccurate, please tell us where.)
Using plain language to name the steps and possibilities:....
PAST HISTORY:The Finance Director checks for enough signatures and sends it to the City Council as an Introduction item. There's a so-many-days time limit. The Council must deal with this before anything except money and emergencies. (Sect. 10.02)
(note: this was done on Aug 10th. The Aug 16th packet contains the item.)
The Charter says how to deal with voting on one or two similar bills, so that it's not possible for both to pass: just like for two candidates, the one with most votes becomes law. (Sect. 10.07)
There are no other provisions or options within the City Charter.
A separate memo outlines the City Council actions which will be started by the successful vote at the polls.
ps: the full text of the Charter is available on the TIG website http://www.nas.com/tig/cc-art10.htm
and on the City's as well. http://www.cob.org
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