PURCHASING AND LICENSING COMMITTEE
BY COUNCILOR KRAUSE:
The city council finds as follows:
(a) The city government is facing severe financial challenges in trying to find ways to finance needed improvements and repairs to city facilities and infrastructure such as parks, buildings, roads and sewers, that are fair and affordable to the residents; and
(b) ISD No. 709 has developed a long range facilities plan (red plan) involving changes to buildings and facilities, and ways to finance them, which costs ultimately are borne by the city residents who pay for city infrastructure. Parts of this plan require action by the city council, such as vacating streets and changing traffic or parking provisions; and
(c) The residents of Duluth have not been allowed to vote, by way of referendum, on the red plan. The City Charter authorizes the council to refer to referendum any matter upon which the council may act.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that it is the policy of the city that should any matter involving the said red plan, such as street vacation or eminent domain, come before the council, it will be referred to the voters for an advisory referendum at a general election, as authorized by Section 51 of the City Charter.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: This resolution sets a city policy to refer city matters related to the school district plan to the voters by advisory referendum at a general election.