February 26, 2004

Permissive referendum?

Today's Ithaca Journal legal notices include the following:

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THAT_at it's regular Board meeting, held on February 19th, 2004, the Village of Dryden Board of Trustees approved the following:
The expenditure of $6,800 from the water reserve for Engineering for the proposed George St. project. This expenditure is subject to a 30-day permissive referendum.

I had no idea what a permissive referendum was, but here's an explanation. Village residents can request a referendum on the measure if they present a petition containing signatures of 20% of local electors.

For a town, it would be "a number equal to at least five per centum of the total vote cast for governor in said town at the last general election held for the election of state officers, but which shall not be less than one hundred in a town of the first class nor less than twenty-five in a town of the second class". The rules for determining town class are odd, but I think Dryden is likely a first class town as it has a population over ten thousand.

At the county level, it would have to contain signatures of no fewer than 10% of the number of votes cast in the last governor's race in the municipality.

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