On January 6, 2017 a Petitioners' Committee, comprised of 34 registered electorates of the City, filed a petition with the City Clerk, seeking the adoption of legislation known as the Prohibition of the Use of Fluoride in the City's Drinking Water Initiative. Council certified the sufficiency of petitions at their January 17, 2017 City Council meeting.
Based on the findings of sufficiency by the City Clerk, the City Council determined at its regular meeting on January 17, 2017 that the Initiative Petitions seeking the adoption of the referenced Ordinance were sufficient under the provisions of the City Charter. Following that action, the City Charter provides for two courses of action by the Council to be completed within 30 days. The Council may either: (1) adopt the Ordinance as presented by the petitioners without any change in substance or (2) call a special election to be held within 90 days but not less than 30 days after the certification to the Council submitting a ballot question to the City electors on the issue of whether the ordinance should be approved.
At its February 7, 2017 meeting, City Council voted not to adopt the citizen initiated Ordinance proposed by the Petitioners' Committee. As a result, Council adopted Resolution R-2017-05 which places the question on the ballot for the Regular Municipal Election scheduled for April 4, 2017. Registered electors of the City of Durango will see the below question on the April ballot and will have the opportunity to either vote for or against the ordinance.
Shall the following citizen initiated ordinance be approved?
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 25 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF DURANGO BY THE ADDITION OF A NEW SECTION STATING THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS/DIVISION OF PUBLIC UTILITIES OF THE CITY AND ALL CITY EMPLOYEES ARE PROHIBITED FROM ADDING FLUORIDE (OR ANY CHEMICAL CONTAINING FLUORIDE FOR THE PURPOSES OF FLUORIDATION) TO THE CITY'S PUBLIC WATER SYSTEM AND ESTABLISHING AN EFFECTIVE DATE OF JUNE 1, 2017. In accordance with City Council Goal 2: Foster Civic Engagement and Democracy by encouraging citizen and youth participation, open and transparent government, and regional leadership; the City has made available the following documents for public information purposes.