Las Vegas City Hall Referendum (2009)
At stake was the city council's decision to build a new 303,000-square-foot City Hall on the northwest corner of First Street and Clark Avenue.
Culinary Union Local 226 collected enough signatures to force this decision to a city-wide public vote, but the council found the signatures non-binding and the measures potentially unconstitutional. The culinary union promised a legal challenge, and filed suit in the Nevada Supreme Court on March 10, seeking an emergency order forcing the city to place the measures on the June 2, 2009 ballot.
City leaders estimated that construction costs for the new city hall will range from $150-$267 million.
The culinary union believed the project is wasteful, objects to the lease-purchase agreement built into the plan and said it had no trouble collecting signatures.
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Culinary Union files suit
Two groups funded by the Culinary Union Local 226 (the Las Vegas Taxpayer Accountability Committee and the Las Vegas Redevelopment Reform Committee) filed an appeal with the Nevada Supreme Court for emergency relief in mid-March based on the decision of the Las Vegas City Council to refuse to put the measure on the June 2 ballot.,
Basis for suit
Richard McCracken, the attorney for the union, says a court should order the City Council to add the measure, and an associated one, to the ballot because the Nevada Supreme Court has clearly ruled that "voters must be given the chance to vote" before the substance of a ballot measure can be challenged.
McCracken cites a 2003 Nevada Supreme Court case in which the justices ruled that all ballot measures with the proper signatures must be voted on before any legal challenges as to the constitutionality of the contested ballot measure be made.
Nevada Supremes disagree
On April 8, 2009, the Nevada Supreme Court rejected the appeal from the Las Vegas Taxpayer Accountability Committee and the Las Vegas Redevelopment Reform Committee to put the Las Vegas City Hall Referendum (2009) on the June 2 ballot in Las Vegas.
The court said the groups have to file their appeal first with the Nevada District Court
The Las Vegas City Council is declining to put the measure on the ballot on the grounds that it is worded in such a way as to repeal the city's entire Redevelopment Agency.
- City hall initiatives face fight
- Las Vegas Sun, "Culinary, city continue City Hall redevelopment battle", March 13, 2009
- ↑ Globe Star, "Ballot Measure Could Decide New City Hall", March 1, 2009
- ↑ Las Vegas Sun, "Council votes to keep questions off June ballot", March 4, 2009
- ↑ Las Vegas Review Journal, "City hall by any name still smells, foes declare", January 16, 2009
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Las Vegas Sun, "Culinary vows to sue over ballot questions", March 6, 2009
- ↑ KVBC, "Lawsuit filed against City of Las Vegas over new City Hall", March 10, 2009
- ↑ In Business Las Vegas, "Referendum faces legal hurdles"
- ↑ Las Vegas Sun, "City-union legal debate: Are issues ﬁt for voters?", March 9, 2009
- ↑ Las Vegas Sun, "Culinary, city continue City Hall redevelopment battle", March 13, 2009
- ↑ Las Vegas Sun, "Supreme Court rejects redevelopment ballot petition", April 8, 2009