Jefferson City Petition Not Guaranteed Spot on November Ballot

7 years 9 months 2 days ago Wednesday, August 18 2010 Aug 18, 2010 Wednesday, August 18, 2010 5:06:10 AM CDT August 18, 2010 in News

JEFFERSON CITY-- Jefferson City's Citizen Action Committee Against Ordinance 14487 hopes it's petition will make it on the November election ballot. The committee turned in the 900 signature petition to the Clerk's office Monday afternoon. But the process to get the petition on the ballot may hold the petition back.

Arthur Brown is head of the committee, and he hasn't been using a trash service since he moved to Jefferson City in 1986. Brown brought the committee together, which has grown to about 40 members since  the ordinance was put into place in November.

Now that the petition has been submitted, the clerk's office has twenty days to certify the petition's signatures. Then the city council has 60 days to approve it for the ballot by the August 24th deadline.

Brown says he was unaware that the process had to be fully completed by the late August deadline. But he feels it can still be done in time.

"They just choose to delay it because they don't want it to be done", said Brown.

The city claims it did some research in late 2009, and the research found that in Missouri cities with a population of over 20,000, 94% of those cities have mandatory trash service.

But Brown says that's only because the residents in those cities chose not to fight. "If somebody knocks on your door and says, hey, I'm gonna cut your yard, whether you want me to or not and I'mma send you a bill. That's basically the same thing ain't it?"

If the petition does not make it to the November ballot, then it will be on the ballot in February.

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