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Ordinance 2003-02

ORDINANCE NO. 2003-02
AN ORDINANCE FIXING THE TIME FOR THE FILING OF
REFERENDUM PETITIONS PROVIDED FOR BY AMENDMENT 7 TO
THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF ARKANSAS, AND FOR
REGULATING THE PROCEDURE THEREON.
BE IT ORDAINED BY THE'CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF
JOHNSON, WASHINGTON COUNTY, ARKANSAS:
Section 1. All referendum petitions filed-under the powers-reserved by Amendment 7
to the Constitution of the State of Arkansas, must be filed with the Johnson Recorder/Treasurer within thirty (30) days after the passage of such ordinance.
Section 2. Whenever any referendum petition is filed, the City Council shall give
notice by publication for one insertion of a date and time (not less than five (5) days after the
publication of such notice) at which they will hear all persons who wish to be heard on the question
of whether such petition is signed by the requisite number of petitioners. At the time named in such
published notice, the City Council shall meet and hear all who wish to be heard on the question, and
.its decision shall.be final, unless suit is .brought in the Circ.uitiCo.urt:of Washington County, Arkansas,
.within the. time allowed by Jaw, to review its action.
Section 3. If the City Council finds-that such petition js signed by the requisite number
of petitioners, it may order a special election or place the question on the Ballot at the next general
municipal election to determine by a vote of the qualified electors whether the ordinance shall stand
or be revoked. The date for any special election shall be not less than ten (10) days after the order
therefore has been passed by the Council, and said special election shall be had and conducted as
general municipal elections held in the City of Johnson.
Section 4. If any ordinance referred to the people is defeated at the polls, the City
Council shall make a note of such fact and shall expunge such ordinance from its files by interlineating
the same with red ink.
Section 5. If any provision of this ordinance is held to be void, it shall not affect the
validity of the remainder, and the remainder shall stand.
Section 6. This Ordinance shall be in full force and effect from and after its passage.