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City of Modesto Sewer Service Extension Advisory Vote, Measure V (November 2013)

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A City of Modesto Sewer Service Extension Advisory Vote, Measure V ballot question was on the November 5, 2013, election ballot for voters in the city of Modesto in Stanislaus County, which is in California. It was approved.

Measure V was an advisory vote only and had no legislatively binding effect. It merely sought the opinion of the voters on whether the city council should approve the extending of sewer services to the Airport Neighborhood. The Modesto City Charter requires an advisory vote before the city extends sewer service to include a new area.[1]

Election results

Measure V
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 15,718 68.42%
No7,25531.68%
These final, certified results are from the Stanislaus County elections office.

Analysis

Below is the impartial analysis written by city attorney Susana Alcala Wood:

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

The City Council of the City of Modesto has directed that an advisory measure concerning the extension of sewer service to the Airport Neighborhood area be submitted to City of Modesto voters. The Airport Neighborhood area is an unincorporated area of the County that falls partly in Modesto City limits.

California Elections Code Section 9603 authorizes cities to hold advisory elections for the purpose of allowing voters to voice their opinions on substantive issues and by so doing, provides an opportunity for voters to indicate their approval or disapproval of a proposal to the City Council. The Modesto City Charter requires the Council to hold an advisory vote before making a decision on extending sewer service. This advisory measure asks the voters to voice their opinion with respect to whether the City Council should provide sewer service, to that unincorporated called the Airport Neighborhood area which is more fully described in the measure itself. The outcome of the election will be canvassed and presented to the City Council as information concerning the opinions of the voters of the City regarding the provision of sewer service, to the described area. However, the outcome of the election with respect to this measure, will not bind the Council to act in any particular way with respect to either providing or not providing sewer service to the Airport Neighborhood area.

You should vote “YES” on this measure if you want to advise the City Council that you are in favor of providing sewer service, to the Airport Neighborhood area.

You should vote “NO” on this measure if you want to advise the City Council that you are not in favor of providing sewer service to the “Airport Neighborhood area.

These votes are advisory only. According to Section 9603(c), advisory votes express general voter opinion but do not bind the sponsoring legislative body to act.[1]

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