On March 22, 2010 a group of Boulder City residents met at City Hall and initiated three questions for the November 2, 2010 ballot. Months earlier the City Council was asked to include these with their four other ballot questions going to the voters in November. The Council majority voted against this request.
On April 14, 2010 a group of Boulder City Residents met at City Hall and initiated another question for the November 2, 2010 ballot.
On April 29, 2010 forms with 872 signatures for the Charter amendment to elect the City Attorney were turned into the City Clerk. A valid 642 signatures are required to get it on the November 2 election ballot.
On May 6, 2010 Clark County Elections validated 798 signatures for the Charter Amendment to Elect the City Attorney.
On June 23, 2010 a group of Boulder City residents submitted to the City Clerk 3 petitions to amend the Boulder City Code to limit City government in certain important matters without voter approval. There will now be four People's Initiatives on the November 2, 2010 ballot. See the Press Release for additional information.
On July 28 eight Boulder City residents were sued by the city of Boulder City for having circulated three petitions seeking to place initiatives on the November 2010 general election ballot. The action seeks 1) to have all three initiatives declared illegal, 2) to keep them off the November ballot, and 3) “such further and additional relief as the Court may deem appropriate ….”
Wednesday, September 8, 2010 Judge Allan Earl on Wednesday denied a motion by the city attorney to remove the golf course initiative from the ballot.
Each Initiative relates to current situations facing the City. Citizens will be given an opportunity to let the Council know their positions by casting their votes.
Shall the Boulder City Code be amended to provide that the City and its agencies and enterprises shall not incur any new debt obligations of $1,000,000 (one million dollars) or more, as defined under NRS 350.0045 to NRS 350.0075 inclusive, without the approval of the electors of Boulder City in a general or special election?
This initiative involves changing Boulder City Code to limit the amount of debt the City can incur to $1,000,000 (one million dollars). Nevada Statutes require voter approval for debt beyond $10,000,000 (ten million dollars). Regardless of the economic times, taxpayers must approve the City obligating them to future debts. Typically borrowing is obtained by bond debt of 20 to 30 years. This crosses generational lines and needs to be a decision made by the taxpayers.
Shall the Boulder City Code be amended to provide that it shall be the policy of the City to own no more than one golf course, which shall not exceed 18 holes?
This next initiative deals with changing the Boulder City Code to limit the City’s ownership to one 18-hole golf course. Currently the City owns two golf courses. Both are operating at losses that are subsidized substantially by the taxpayers. The Municipal Golf Course belongs to the City’s Parks and Recreation activities. The Municipal Course is currently $3 million behind in needed maintenance and repairs. For the past five years of the City’s operation of Boulder Creek Golf Club, subsidies have been in the millions from the City’s General Fund. About $1 million and more per year in General Fund monies could be saved by closing one golf course.
Shall Sections 8.1 and 15 of the Boulder City Charter be amended to provide that the City Attorney shall be elected in the same manner as the Mayor and Council member, for a term of four years to begin on the first regular day of business day of July following the election?
This initiative is a Charter Amendment that allows the voters of Boulder City to elect the City Attorney according to the same procedures as the members of the City Council. An election for the City Attorney will make him accountable to the taxpayers who elect him and pay his salary.
A total of 869 signatures for this Charter Amendment initiative were collected. A minimum of 642 qualified and valid signatures are needed. On May 6, 2010 Clark County Elections validated 798 signatures for the Charter Amendment to Elect the City Attorney.
Shall the Boulder City Code be amended so that the maximum amount of service of any person appointed to any particular city committee, board, or commission shall be 12 years for that committee, board, or commission?
This last initiative would amend Title III, Chapter 6 of the Boulder City Code by adding the following language: The maximum amount of service of any person appointed to any particular city committee, board, or commission shall be 12 years for that committee, board, or commission. The determination of years of total service shall be both retrospective and prospective with respect to the date of enactment of this ordinance.
Dan Jansen is the Chairman of the 4 Initiative Committees. Please call Dan Jansen at 293-1550 or e-mail Dan at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.