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Hot Springs Horse Manure Initiative (2009)

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The Hot Springs Horse Manure Initiative was on the June 2, 2009 municipal election ballot.

The ballot measure requests that the Hot Springs city council reverse a decision that prohibited property owner Martin Dahl from "depositing horse manure in his backyard" and repay Dahl $800 as compensation for not only the court fees and fine but also the cost for removing the manure as requested by court order. Additionally the initiative states that a motion will be filed in the magistrate court to void the Oct. 22, 2008 court order.[1]

According to city officials petitioners collected 193 signatures, more than the necessary 5 percent of registered voters required to place the initiative on the ballot. The petition was accepted by the city council at an April 6, 2009 meeting.[2] The initiative defeated.[3]

  • Yes:312 (47.56%)
  • No:344 (52.44%)Defeatedd


This issue began in 2008 after a complaint was made when Dahl hauled a large amount of manure onto his own property. According to court documents in October 2008 after a guilty plea, Dahl was sentenced to a $200 fine, $53 in court costs and ordered to remove the manure. Additionally Dahl was prohibited from hauling more manure onto his property for six months.[1]