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(Neb.)-Number Of Petition Signatures Needed Changes For Swimming Pool Project(Updated At 9:00 PM)  Listen

By: Kevin Larsen Posted at: 08/18/2014 09:29 AM

(Chadron)-A snafu apparently occurred in the number of petition signatures needed to put the swimming pool project to a public vote on Friday. The public was informed for the last five weeks that the required number of valid signatures was 302, but now after the signatures have been turned in, that number is significantly higher. Here with the details is petition drive coordinator Mary Lecher…
 
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City Attorney Adam Edmund states that the statute is very clear. To put this initiative on the November ballot, there needs to be 15 percent of the qualified voters in the city of Chadron with signatures on the petition for this issue to be on the ballot. This figure is based on state statute number 18-25-24.
Dawes County Clerk Cheryl Feist says "Communication was the issue," in regards to the number of signatures needed. Feist went on to say that no additional signatures can be submitted to what has already been turned into the Dawes County Clerk's office. According to a phone conversation with KCSR news, Feist said "I did not know about a petition initiative until I saw it on chadrad.com". 
 Lecher says she got the 512 number from City Clerk Donna Rust. A total number of 652 signatures were turned into the city clerk. 512 is the official number needed to put this issue on the November ballot.
The council will have a special meeting on this issue Monday August 25th at 6:00 P.M. We will have any updates on KCSR and chadrad.com as they become available.


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