AN ACT AMENDING THE CHARTER OF THE CITY OF WILMINGTON TO ALLOW PROPOSED ORDINANCES TO BE SUBMITTED TO THE CITY COUNCIL BY PETITION SIGNED BY ELECTORS OF THE CITY EQUAL IN NUMBER TO TWENTY-FIVE PERCENT OF THE TOTAL NUMBER OF REGISTERED VOTERS RESIDING WITHIN THE CITY AT THE TIME OF THE LAST REGULAR MUNICIPAL ELECTION.
Amends the Charter of the City of Wilmington, SL 1977, Chapter 495, Section 5.1, as amended by Chapter 367 of SL 1983, that establishes that any proposed ordinance can be submitted to the council by petition signed by electors of the city. Establishes that if the petition accompanying a proposed ordinance is signed by electors to the city equal to 25% of the total number of registered voters residing within the City of Wilmington at the time of the last regular municipal election (was, equal to 25% of the votes cast at the last preceding regular municipal election) and contains a request that such ordinance be submitted to a vote of the people, if not passed by the council, the council must either pass the ordinance without alteration within 20 days after the city clerk and the New Hanover County Board of Elections have certified the sufficiency of the accompanying petition, or, within 20 days after the city clerk and the New Hanover County Board of Elections have certified the sufficiency of the petition, the council must call a special election to be held within six months, unless a general election is fixed within six months thereafter, where at such time, the ordinance is to be submitted without alteration to the vote of the electors of the city.
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