City certifies signatures for referendum aimed at Confluence Project, other building projects

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (REFERENDUM COMMITTEE NEWS RELEASE) -- Donna Austad – Eau Claire City Clerk – has certified 4,777 signatures collected by volunteers in 30 short days for sufficiency and this will move the direct legislation petition forward.

As this is now being forwarded for action, the next steps will be for the City Council to take up this direct legislation at a full council meeting.
“I appreciate Ms. Austad’s diligence and the speed with which she certified these signatures. I know that 5,000 citizens of Eau Claire are eagerly watching for this question to appear on the ballot in the spring election”, said Mike Bollinger, CRC President. “This is very timely as the full County Board appears to be considering their own pledge of $3.5 million. I would encourage county board members to talk to their constituencies as the petition circulators did, I believe they will find that the vast majority of the citizenry want a vote.”
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A CHARTER ORDINANCE ENACTED PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF S. 66.0101, WISCONSIN STATUTES, TO REQUIRE THAT CERTAIN BUILDING PROJECTS CONSTRUCTED WITH FUNDS OF THE CITY OR A CITY ENTITY SHALL BE SUBMITTED TO REFERENDUM PRIOR TO CONSTRUCTION.
Prior to the start of any physical construction of any municipally financed (in whole or in part) project which includes a building planned for dramatic, musical, or artistic performances, requiring a capital expenditure by the City, or by any entity created by the City, of one million dollars or more, the City Council shall submit to the electorate a binding referendum for approval of the project. Failure of the binding referendum shall preclude the City or City entity from proceeding with the project. The wording of any referendum shall provide the specific purpose, location and cost of the project and an estimate of operating costs which will be provided by the City or a City entity. Nothing in this provision shall be construed to preclude the City from exercising its role in the planning or design of such publicly financed projects.

This ordinance shall be in full force and effect upon passage and publication as provided by law


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