The City of El Paso has completed its review of signatures submitted for two separate initiative petitions filed with the City Clerk’s office on November 5, 2018.
Community members submitted two petitions, one related to Tax Increment Reinvestment Zones, and the other petition related to Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC) and the Multipurpose Performing Arts and Entertainment Center (MPC).
One of the initiative petitions filed is seeking to enact an ordinance calling for the immediate termination of Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ) 12 as well as Tax Increment Reinvestment Zones 10 and 10a, which are all located in West El Paso.
The City Clerk’s office authenticated 1,755 signatures of the registered voters submitted for this petition within the 30 working days mandated by City Charter. The introduction of a public hearing related to this proposed ordinance will be held during the City Council meeting scheduled for December 18, 2018.
Council earlier this year adopted a resolution enacting a two-year moratorium to halt development within TIRZ 12 and preserve Lost Dog Trail and Trailhead. The moratorium does not impact the proposed initiative petitions.
Voters in May 2019 will have the opportunity to consider another initiative petition calling for the TIRZ 12 land to be preserved in perpetuity.
The required signatures related to this initiative petition were authenticated by the City Clerk’s office back in September 2018.
The other initiative petition reviewed by the City Clerk’s office sought changes to the 2012 Quality of Life Bond Proposition language that authorizes the City to issue bonds for the Mexican American Cultural Center and the Multipurpose Performing Arts and Entertainment Center. The petition proposed changes to the location and funding for the projects.
The City Clerk’s review determined that the petition did not contain the requisite number of signatures. A total of 1,541 signatures were verified on this petition.
This review was also conducted within the 30 working days mandated by City Charter.
A total of 1,666 signatures were required to allow either of the proposed ordinances to continue through the Initiative Process.