The City Finance Office in Madison received a number of election petitions on Monday requesting that city officials conduct a special election and submit a new special maintenance fee to a public vote.
City Finance Officer Jennifer Eimers reported that a preliminary check on the petitions indicates that organizers collected 525 signatures. If that total holds up to an official review of the documents, then the city will need to hold an election on Resolution No. 2013-15, the action that set the special maintenance fee in place.
According to Eimers, the county auditor's office had informed her that the city has 5,602 registered voters, making 281 the needed number of required valid signatures.
Eimers said the petitions and their corresponding signatures will be reviewed this week.
The Madison City Commission approved the special maintenance fee on May 20. Under the proposal, the city would annually assess $1 per front foot of property facing city roadways to the landowners, spending the revenue on street maintenance.