An Honest Mistake?

September 4, 2009 at 6:33 pm 1 comment

Community Solutions volunteers concerned about taxation without representation that is set to occur in the City of Crystal took the council at their word that a petition with a total of 5% of the votes cast in the last election would be sufficient to give voters a chance to weigh in on how the council spends taxpayer dollars.

After collecting and turning in more than 100 signatures over the 5% required, we read in a Sun Post article that according to the City Clerk we needed to submit 683 signatures or 5% of all registered voters or fifty more than we submitted. When we went back and researched our understanding of the number needed we found that our understanding was correct. We established this through careful review of the tape of the City Council meeting on August 3rd. The recording contains a both audio comment by Mr. Hanson and a power point slide that supports the comment indicating that a petition containing 5% of the total of votes cast, not the total of all registered voters is the benchmark.


We call on the City to honor our petition as submitted and put this levy on property owners to a referendum vote.


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Petition filed Sept. 1 to City of Crystal to allow vote on property tax increase Petition Drive Update

1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Jon  |  September 15, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    It’s always good to have more signatures than the stated statutory amount. But the question isn’t what the city said what the right number was. The question is what’s the right number. The city doesn’t have the power, simply by making a mistake, to change what the law requires.


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