Ann Arbor Clerk's Office Still Reviewing Petition That Could Place Library Lot Proposal On Ballot

Jun 27, 2016

Credit City of Ann Arbor / a2gov.org

The Ann Arbor's clerk office is still in the process of verifying signatures from a petition that calls for voters to decide in November what should be done with the city's Library Lot

 


About 1,000 of the more than 5,700 signatures turned in have been certified.  City clerk Jackie Beaudry is trying to determine if more signatures could be submitted in a supplemental petition in case some are considered to be invalid.

"I'm actually working with the city attorney on whether a supplemental filing would be allowed under the Home Rule City Act which is how the amendments or the petition were filed."

The clerk added that about 4,600 valid signatures are needed to put the proposal on the ballot.

By law, the clerk's office has 45 days to make a determination on the issue.  The petition was submitted in early June.

Residents filed the petition to prevent city council from selling the Library Lot to a high-rise developer.  Those in favor of the proposal going on the ballot would like to see the land used for a park.

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