Charter ordinance discussion set for Monday night

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- The head of a citizens group is calling for the Eau Claire City Council to let voters have a say in public funding of certain building projects.

On Monday night, the council is scheduled to hear public comment on the proposal. It would make the funding hinge on binding referenda. The projects would have to include $1,000,000 or more in taxpayer funding. Right now, the city council has the authority to approve spending that money. A vote is on the agenda for Tuesday's city council meeting.

The Citizens Referendum Committee submitted a petition calling for the referenda on December 26. Its chairman, Mike Bollinger, says the council would show that it listens to its constituents and governs efficiently by adopting the proposal. He adds that it would facilitate a Confluence Project referendum on the spring ballot. The council can either accept the petition, or put it to a vote.

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