Certification of the Results of the Initiative Petition Submitted Regarding a Proposed Measure to Provide a Dual Stream Curbside Recycling Program
In 2016, a committee of five qualified electors of the city began the circulation of a petition for direct legislation by voter initiative to enact the following measure: "Pursuant to City Charter Article V, the undersigned support this proposed measure to establish as of 60 days after passage of the ordinance, a residential, dual stream, curbside recycling program in the City of Gallup, New Mexico. Dual stream is defined for this program by the separation from residential refuse of, (1) corrugated cardboard and, (2) other recyclable materials to be determined by the City Solid Waste Department. The costs of this program are to be borne by the Environmental Tax Fund." The petition along with the proposed ordinance was submitted to the City Clerk's Office on July 8, 2019.
Article V, Section 4 of the City Charter requires the petition to be signed by a number of qualified voters of the city equal in number to 20% of the total number of qualified voters of the city voting on the office of governor at the last preceding general election. Based on 20% of the 5,724 city voters who participated in the 2018 General Election for the office of governor, 1,145 signatures by qualified voters of the city are required for a sufficient petition. Following the verification of signatures on the petition, 616 signatures are valid; thereby leaving 529 signatures short of the required 1,145.
In accordance with Article V, Section 6 of the City Charter, the City Clerk shall certify the results of the examination of the petition to the City Council at its next regular meeting.
As a side note, the City Charter allows the committee to amend the petition by filing a supplementary petition upon additional papers signed and filed as provided in the case of the original petition. The committee has 10 days following the notification by the City Clerk to amend the petition.
- Fiscal Impact:
- Approve the City Clerk's certification of results of the initiative petition.
- Speaker's Name
- Al Abeita, City Clerk