“I’m pleasantly surprised we will be moving forward with the initiative,” said local resident Paul Merritt, describing the outcome of a discussion this week with the city attorney.
Once City Attorney Phil Kohn settles on the language, the intended ballot measure over the downtown parking garage and park must be published and signatures collected from at least 15 percent of the town’s registered voters, Merritt said. That amounts to 3,300 signatures with margin for error, he said.
Kohn said the initiative’s title will be something other than the one Merritt proposed, “We the People.” “It needs to fairly describe what it attempts to accomplish,” said Kohn, who also sought clarification about whether voters are to be asked to endorse a park without a garage and the city’s method of funding the proposed project.
“It may already be too late to get on the November ballot,” said Merritt, who nevertheless hopes to avoid forcing the city to hold a special election over the initiative next year. He would rather the City Council intervene and put his initiative before voters, averting his need for a signature campaign.
“If they want to ignore that opportunity, we’ll keep moving forward with a ballot initiative,” he said.