BOUNTIFUL—Organizers of a petition drive to place the new city hall plan on the November ballot have reported success in gathering the number of signatures needed.
As of Monday morning, referendum co-sponsor Dean Collinwood said nearly 3,900 signatures had been collected, far more than the minimum of 2,765 required for the ballot referendum to be advanced to the city.
“Saturday was the deadline, and the lines to hand in petitions at K&J Auto were like lines at Disneyland in summertime,” Collinwood told the Clipper. “I’ve never seen such a level of citizen involvement.”Kenny and Shirley Knighton offered their auto business offices at K&J Auto on Main Street as the petition headquarters.
“Something this important and this costly should be put to the voters,” said Bret Hutchings, one of the referendum co-sponsors. “Instead, we first heard about it in the newspaper as if it were a done deal.”
The co-sponsors turned in the petitions to the Davis County Clerk on Monday--two days early. The county will now review the documents and make sure that each person signing met the qualifications: a resident of Bountiful and a registered voter. When they complete that review, the petitions will be handed over to the Bountiful City Recorder.