Irregularities delay petition; organizers pledge to continue

By Matt Ward —


A citizen petition limiting the City of Fredericksburg’s ability to utilize enterprise funds for use in other departments has been delayed after City Secretary Shelley Britton reported finding irregularities that disqualify nearly one-quarter of the 440 signatures on the petition.

The Fredericksburg City Council unanimously accepted Britton’s two-page report during their regular meeting after holding a lengthy executive session prior to Monday’s open session.

“We will continue to try and put the amendment on the ballot and wait to see what the next step is from the council,” Isabel Wertz, one of the coordinators for the petition, said Tuesday.

In response to an information request from City Hall about whether or not the full petition must be re-filed, City Communications Manager Juli Bahlinger said, “At this point, the city is not able to answer questions on the petition pending legal guidance.”

The petition reads: “The City of Fredericksburg shall not use proceeds or reserves from an Enterprise Fund (including but not limited to the Electric, Water and Sewer, Solid Waste, and Drainage funds) except for expenditures within the purpose of the fund unless approved by the voters in elections that specify the amount and the fund from which the money will be withdrawn.”

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