Here in the City of Richmond, the November ballot will now pose a charter-amending question to voters. The five-part proposition will ask whether the Mayor shall be required to present a fully-funded school infrastructure modernization plan to the City Council.
Richmond City Circuit Court Chief Judge C.N. Jenkins Jr. signed the order authorizing the question to go on the ballot Tuesday (8/15).
According to a copy of the order (left) obtained by 88.9 WCVE, if the Mayor determines such a plan is not feasible, she/he will then have to consult with the City Council and School Board to develop cost-saving strategies and devise opportunities for public participation.
The proposition stipulates the Mayor must create a modernization plan within six months of its passage and cannot raise or create new taxes to fund the proposal. It also outlines that after the Mayor presents a plan, the City Council will subsequently have 90 days “to take such action as it deems appropriate.”
If the advisory referendum passes, it heads next to the state legislature for approval.