Question: Should section be amended to provide that a referendum election cannot occur sooner than 60 days after receipt of the Clerks’ certificate that sufficient signatures have been collected?

Proposed Language:

§ 57     Ordinance Certification and Submission for Vote

Upon receipt of the certificate and certified copy of the proposed ordinance, the Clerk shall certify the fact to the Council at its next regular meeting. If an election is to be held not more than six months nor less than sixty (60) days after the receipt of the Clerks certificate by the Council, the proposed ordinance shall then be submitted to a vote of the electors of the City. If no election is to be held within the time aforesaid, the Council may provide for submitting the proposed ordinance to the electors of the City at a special election to be held not sooner than sixty days after the receipt of the Clerk’s certificate. If a supplemental petition, signed by five thousand (5,000) qualified electors, in addition to those who signed the original petition, be filed with the Clerk asking that the proposed ordinance be submitted to the voters at a time indicated in such petition, the Council shall provide for a special election at the time. The sufficiency of any such supplemental petition shall be determined, and it may be amended in the manner provided for original petitions for proposing ordinances to the Council. If no other provision be made as to the time of submitting a proposed ordinance to a vote of the electors of the City, it shall be submitted at the next election.

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