Special election possible for Rapid City water ordinance

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Petitions referring the City's ordinance amendment authorizing the City Council to establish water rates by resolution were submitted Friday afternoon to the Finance Office for public vote.

The Finance Office will verify the petition signatures, which may take up to a week. A total of 2,249 valid signatures are needed for consideration of a special election. The number of required signatures is based on the 2017 Ward Five run-off election.

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If enough signatures are verified by the City's Finance Office, the City Council would take up consideration of scheduling a special election. The item could be on the Council's agenda as early as the Dec.18 Council meeting. Through agreement with Pennington County, a special election can be held no less than 90 days after approval by the Council, which would place the special election as early as March 20.

City residents registered to vote by the registration deadline set for the special election would be eligible to vote.

If a special election is approved, the adjusted increase in water rates scheduled to take effect Jan. 1, 2018 would be suspended pending the outcome of the special election. The increase in sewer rates is not part of the referred measure and is scheduled to take effect Jan. 1, 2018.  

Information from the City of Rapid City

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