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Group seeks to repeal city laws

Petitioners don’t want retail marijuana sales in mixed-use neighborhoods
Referendum process

A group of five or more registered Durango voters may start the referendum process by filing an affidavit with the city clerk stating they will be the petitioner’s committee, be responsible for circulating the petitions, filing them, giving their names and address and specifying the address to which all notices to the committee can be sent. The affidavit must be filed with the city clerk no later than 30 days after the final approval by the City Council of the ordinance.
The city clerk shall prepare the petition for the referendum and determine the number of signatures necessary, which will not be less than 10 percent of the total vote cast in the last municipal election.
Residents have 30 days to get the signatures. After obtaining the necessary signatures, the petitions shall be returned to the clerk, who has to certify them within 10 days. The petitioners get an additional 10 days if more signatures are needed.
If the petitions are certified by the city clerk, the clerk will present the petitions to the City Council at the next regularly scheduled meeting. The council can repeal the original ordinance. If the ordinance is not entirely repealed, the proposed referendum ordinance shall be submitted without alteration to the city voters. The election must be held within 90 days, but not less than 30 days after certification.

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