City rejects petitions on drainage utility and budget - KSWO, Lawton, OK- Wichita Falls, TX: News, Weather, Sports. ABC, 24/7, Telemundo -

City rejects petitions on drainage utility and budget

Posted: Updated:

Amarillo, Texas - Amarillo City Commissioners rejected two petitions regarding the city's drainage fees and budget.

They're considered to be improper ballot initiatives and would violate various rulings by Texas courts that limit the power of initiative and referendum according to the city's statement on two petitions.

The first petition is to repeal the drainage utility and refund collected fees, and the second would limit annual growth of the city's budget based on population and consumer price index. But both were unanimously voted down for the first time in eight years.

Petition organizers say they believe there is more behind the rejection than supposed laws.

"When initiative referendum led by citizens that meet the requirements of the city charter and state law for the required number of signatures are denied before the city commission, the opportunity to vote on issues, then what kind of government do we have in Amarillo," William Sumerford, a petition organizer says.

Sumerford says they're not done yet. They will still be exploring other venues.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Parachutist dies in jump

    Parachutist dies in jump

    Thursday, July 24 2014 12:03 AM EDT2014-07-24 04:03:13 GMT
      A tragedy in Frederick where a member of the World War II Airborne Demonstration team died during a parachute jump.
      A tragedy in Frederick where a member of the World War II Airborne Demonstration team died during a parachute jump.
  • Oklahoma board votes again to delay standards plan

    Oklahoma board votes again to delay standards plan

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 11:56 PM EDT2014-07-24 03:56:33 GMT
    The State Board of Education has again voted to delay a formal plan for adopting new education standards in math and English amid opposition to the proposal by three education groups that represent public school boards and administrators from across Oklahoma.
    The State Board of Education has again voted to delay a formal plan for adopting new education standards in math and English amid opposition to the proposal by three education groups that represent public school boards and administrators from across Oklahoma.
  • City: New police and jail facility a necessity

    City: New police and jail facility a necessity

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 11:38 PM EDT2014-07-24 03:38:13 GMT
    City officials in Lawton say there is a glaring need for a new police department and city jail.
    City officials in Lawton say there is a glaring need for a new police department and city jail.
Powered by WorldNow
KSWO-TV, 1401 SE 60th Street
Lawton, OK 73501

Telephone: (580) 355-7000
Fax: (580) 357-3811
Email: news@kswo.com

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KSWO. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.