Buda land use change referendum, 2009

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A Buda land use change referendum may be on the November 3, 2009 ballot in Hays County for voters in the city of Buda. BudaFirst.org, a group spearheading the referendum effort, has declared submitted a petition for referendum.

The ballot measure would reverse a city council-approved land use change that would allow US Foodservice establish themselves on the eastern part of the city. The city's attorney stated earlier in July that the decision is not up for referendum. BudaFirst.org remained confident and advanced their intentions for the petition.

The group has collected 1,000 signatures, more than the required 670, but some of those signatures were reportedly from residents who lived outside of the city limits. The group is still collecting signatures.[1]

Potential legal action

The Buda City Council voted, in a 6-1 decision on September 15, 2009, to reject the petition submitted with almost 800 signatures. As a result, for the time being, the measure will not be placed on the November ballot. According to the city council, their decision came at the advice of their attorneys, citing the city charter did not allow such referenda. BudaFirst.org member David Patterson stated that the group plans to file a lawsuit against the city, stating: “They want to use taxpayer money to fight us, when our Texas Constitution says we can put it on the ballot.”[2]

References

  1. newstreamz.com, "US Foodservice foes submit petition in Buda", July 29, 2009
  2. Statesman.com, "Buda City Council nixes referendum, may face lawsuit", September 17, 2009