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January 29, 2015

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Boulder City Council votes to challenge ballot questions

Dave Olsen

Dave Olsen

The Boulder City Council voted on Tuesday to accept the city attorney’s recommendation to challenge in District Court two ballot questions approved by voters on Election Day.

Mayor Roger Tobler and Councilmen Duncan McCoy and Cam Walker approved the recommendation, while Councilman Travis Chandler opposed it. Councilwoman Linda Strickland abstained because she has represented the questions’ petitioners in another case.

The ballot questions voters passed call for a special election if the city wants to incur debt of $1 million or more and limit the terms of appointed committee members to 12 years.

The questions were approved by votes of 58 percent to 42 percent and 60 percent to 40 percent, respectively.

City Attorney Dave Olsen recommended in August that the City Council allow him to attempt to block the questions from appearing on the ballot. At the time, the council decided to wait for the vote.

Olsen plans to hire Paul Larsen of the firm Lionel, Sawyer and Collins to handle the litigation.

Larsen also tried to have a question regarding the city’s two golf courses removed from the ballot on Olsen’s behalf.

Larsen, who charges $450 an hour, has been paid $35,000 thus far to litigate that case, Councilman Travis Chandler reported on Tuesday.

Olsen said he would work with Larsen to minimize costs to the city, as much of the legwork has been done.

Olsen and Larsen have argued that the ballot questions did not properly explain their impact and limit the council’s ability to make discretionary administrative decisions.

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  1. So the officials elected by the people to represent the will of the people are trying to block rules voted on by the people that they represent?

    I am sure the people are going to remember that come the next election.

  2. This is disgusting. The people have spoken and members of council want to go against their will??? We will certainly remember this....

  3. Waaa Waaaa, you didn't gives us our way so we gonna take our marble and go home. What is the
    problem with elected officials do they think their jobs are guranteed for life with no responsibility. It seems as though the voters have spoken and made their will quite clear. Goverment of the People, by the People for the People. not of, buy and for the politicans. Grow
    up and face reality. If the voters were happy with the job of the elected officials the would not have bothered to vote for this issue. Now they have spoke and you will comply.

  4. The corruption in government is astonishing and exists at all levels. Just like Obama's lawsuit against Arizona's illegal invasion law, in-which he allows 11 foreign countries to participate, this action by Boulder City is OUTRAGEOUS! Using taxpayer money to fight the (overwhelming) decisions of the taxpayers? I wonder if recall petitions for the removal of Boulder City's council members who are committing this travesty are in order.