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September 21, 2014

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Group submits signatures for three Boulder City ballot initiatives

Signatures for the last three ballot initiatives being petitioned by Boulder City residents for the upcoming general election were submitted to the city clerk Wednesday.

The questions being proposed are whether the city should take a vote from residents when going into debt of $1 million or more, if the city should only own one 18-hole golf course, and an initiative that would limit a city committee member’s term to 12 years.

The ballot committee obtained 952 signatures for the debt question, 855 on the golf course petition and 737 on the term limits petition, committee member Nancy Nolette said.

To be placed on the ballot, an initiative must be accompanied by a petition signed by at least 640 registered voters, according to the city clerk’s office.

Clark County Registrar of Voters Larry Lomax said signatures must be collected 130 days before the Nov. 2 general election.

Resident Dan Jensen started circulating the petitions after a majority of the City Council turned down two ballot questions proposed by two council members at a Nov. 24 meeting.

On April 29, the committee also submitted a charter amendment initiative that asks whether the city attorney should be elected instead of appointed by the City Council. The ballot committee submitted the question along with 869 signatures that were verified by the Secretary of State’s Office.

Because it is a charter amendment, the city attorney initiative would have to be passed in two consecutive general elections, Lomax said.

“People are getting a chance to express their views,” Jensen said. “It’s an exciting time.”

City Clerk Lorene Krumm said if the ballot initiatives are verified, she will place the three code questions on the July 13 City Council meeting agenda.

She said the council will have an opportunity to adopt the questions or place them on the general election ballot.

If the City Council adopts them, they have the authority to modify the questions proposed by residents, Krumm said. If the questions are passed in the election, the only way to remove or change them would be through the passage of another ballot initiative, she said.

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