28-20 - SPECIAL CITY QUESTION ELECTIONS

Ordinance NO. ORD-28-20

BY THE COUNCIL BAGEANT, CLEGG , HALLYBURTON, SANCHEZ, THOMSON AND WOODINGS

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING BOISE CITY CODE TITLE 1, CHAPTER 9, BY REPEALING SECTION 5, SPECIAL CITY QUESTION ELECTIONS; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BOISE CITY, IDAHO:

Section 1. That existing Boise City Code Title 1, Chapter 9, Section 5 shall be, and hereby is, repealed and stricken from Boise City Code.

1-9-5: Special City Question Elections

A. Legal Authority: Idaho Code sections 50-301, 50-302, and 50-405 authorize the City to place special City elections on the ballot.

B. Purpose: The purpose of a Special City Question Election is to provide an opportunity for greater public involvement in the City's decision making process by allowing qualified voters to provide input and guidance to the Mayor and City Council on issues of City-wide concern or as otherwise authorized by law.

C. Scope: This section sets forth the standards and procedures applicable to Special City Question Elections.

D. Definitions:

CAPITAL PROJECT: Means a City-funded project that helps create or substantially improve a City asset, including but not limited to, construction, expansion, renovation, and/or replacement of a City facility.

ELIGIBLE CAPITAL PROJECT: Means any individual capital project where the City is reasonably expected to expend twenty-five million dollars ($25,000,000.00) or more in City general funds.

GENERAL FUND: Means general, unrestricted revenues of the City or revenues that are not restricted to any specific purpose, including taxes.

SPECIAL CITY QUESTION: Means a question asking for voter input and guidance concerning an eligible capital project or as otherwise authorized by law.

E. Public Hearing Required: A public hearing shall be held on an eligible capital project to determine if a special City question should be placed on the ballot.

F. Notice: Notice for the hearing must be published in the City's newspaper of record a minimum of seven (7) calendar days prior to the hearing. The notice shall provide a description of the eligible capital project and its estimated cost, and shall be posted for the public's review in the Office of the City Clerk and on the City's website.

G. Resolution Adopting Special City Question: At the end of the public hearing, the City Council may adopt by resolution a determination that the eligible capital project should be placed on the ballot.

Section 2. That this Ordinance shall be in effect immediately upon its passage, approval, and publication.

ADOPTED by the Council of Boise City, Idaho, on September 1, 2020.

APPROVED by the Mayor of the Boise City, Idaho, on September 1, 2020.

APPROVED:


Lauren McLean, Mayor

ATTEST:

Lynda Lowry, Ex-Officio City Clerk