What is an Initiative and Referendum?
An initiative is an ordinance or resolution that is proposed by citizens and voted on by municipal residents.
A referendum is a repeal by the voters of an ordinance or resolution that was adopted by the governing body. The term referendum can also be used to describe the process where the council seeks the voters’ opinion on a question.
INITIATIVE AND REFERENDUM PROCESS SUMMARY:
The initiative and referendum process is a powerful tool available to municipal residents to guarantee that they have a voice in local governance by giving them a procedure to create or repeal local laws. This procedure ensures that a majority of the voters agree with the initiative or referendum by mandating an election as the final step. The results of the election are binding on the governing body for two years.