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Posted on: December 11, 2017

Dec. 11, 2017 - City Council to consider repeal of future pit bull ban or refer to a citizen vote

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


It is anticipated that City Council will make a decision at the Dec. 11 meeting to either repeal General Ordinance No. 6397 (approved on Oct. 2, 2017 establishing a future ban on pit bull dogs) or submit to voters a question of whether or not to approve the ordinance.  


On October 31, 2017, City Clerk Anita Cotter received a referendum petition which requested that City Council repeal the ordinance in its entirety. On Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, the City Clerk determined the petition was signed by a sufficient number of qualified electors and certified the results to City Council.

  

When a referendum petition is signed by a sufficient number of qualified electors, City Council must vote within 30 days on whether or not to repeal the ordinance specified in the petition. If City Council does not repeal the ordinance, an election must be called to submit to the qualified voters a question of whether or not to approve the ordinance.

  

Approval of Council Bill 2017-286 on Monday night’s agenda would repeal General Ordinance No. 6397 (pit bull ban).

  

Approval of Council Bill 2017-287 on Monday night’s agenda would call an election for a public vote on Aug. 7 with the following question:

Shall the City of Springfield establish a future ban upon the possession of new pit bull dogs within the City limits by prohibiting acceptance of any new pit bull registrations and only allowing renewals of existing current pit bull dog registrations by amending the Springfield City Code, Chapter 18, ‘Animals,’ Article II, ‘Dogs, Cats and Ferrets,’ Division 3, ‘Prohibition of Pit Bull Dogs,’ by amending Section 18-98, ‘Additional Regulations,’ through the addition of such language to said section and designating an effective date?

  

 - → Yes - → No

  

INSTRUCTION TO VOTERS

  

To vote FOR the Question, complete the arrow opposite YES.

  

To vote AGAINST the Question, complete the arrow opposite NO.

 

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For more information, contact City Clerk Anita Cotter at acotter@springfieldmo.gov, 417-864-1651 or Cora Scott at cscott@springfieldmo.gov or 417-380-3352.

 

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