Let your voice be heard about the potential financial effects
On April 24, 2018, the Mesquite Clean Indoor Air Initiative Petition Committee (a group of private citizens) submitted an initiative petition for an ordinance to regulate the quality of indoor air by banning smoking in a variety of spaces.
In accordance with state law, on May 8, 2018, the Mesquite City Council directed the preparation of a description of the anticipated financial effect on the local government if the initiative is approved.
Businesses, residents and interested parties can provide comments about potential financial changes to the taxes and fees paid to the City of Mesquite through this online form.
Parties interested in provide general comments about the Initiative can use this online form.
Comments submitted before June 6 will be included in the published packet for the June 13 meeting. Comments received on or after June 6 will not be in the packet, but will be presented at the June 13 meeting for inclusion in the public record.
All are invited to attend the June 13, 2018 City Council meeting where the anticipated financial effect on the local government will be discussed.
To read the proposed initiative and the supporting material, click on this link to theMay 8, 2018 City Council meeting agenda. The Mesquite Clean Indoor Air Initiative Petition is agenda item Number 13.
1. Any five registered voters of the city may commence initiative proceedings by filing with the City Clerk an affidavit. They constitute the committee.
2. Once the affidavit has been completed and submitted to the City Clerk, the Clerk will go in front of the City Council to determine if the initiative may have any anticipated financial effect on the local government. If it is determined that the initiative may have any anticipated financial effect, then Council must prepare a description of said effect and that will be posted.
3. Petitions are circulated via a member of the committee. Petitions must be signed by a number of registered voters of the city equal to 15 percent or more of the number of voters who voted at the last preceding city election. According to Clark County, that number is 1,210 based on the 2016 election.)
4. The Clerk receives the petition(s) and issues a receipt. The Clerk will then do a “Raw Count” of the number of signatures on the petition. If the total number of signatures from the Raw Count is more than 500, the Clerk will randomly sample 500 or 5% of the signatures, whichever is greater.
5. The Clerk will transport the entire petition package to the Clark County Elections Office in Las Vegas no later than June 29, 2018.
6. The County will determine and complete a certificate as to its sufficiency. If the petition is determined insufficient, the committee may, within two days after receiving the copy of the certificate, file a request that it be reviewed by the City Council. A final determination as to the sufficiency of a petition is subject to judicial review.
7. If the Petition is found sufficient, the City Council shall promptly consider the proposed initiative. If, within 30 days, the City Council fails to adopt the proposed initiative, the council shall submit the proposed ordinance to the registered voters of the city.
8. Two committees are established by the City Council (three persons each). The first committee drafts arguments favoring approval by the voters of the initiative. The second committee drafts arguments opposing approval of the initiative.
9. The ballot question will be presented to Clark County by July 16, 2018.
10. The question will be on the General Election ballot on November 6, 2018.