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Warren City Council Member Reduction (November 2010)

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A Warren City Council Member Reduction measure was on the November 2, 2010 ballot in the city of Warren, which is in Macomb County.

Both measures were approved
Proposal 1

  • YES 23,238 (65.9%)Approveda
  • NO 12,018 (34.1%)

Proposal 2

  • YES 20,676 (60.6%)Approveda
  • NO 13,457 (39.4%)[1]

This measure sought to reduce the number of city council members from the current number of nine, to seven. A successful petition drive by a local group obtained the required 4,945 signatures to get the issue on the ballot. Petitioners main purpose behind the election was to reduce taxes which pay for the city council members.[2]

Since this measure was approved, another question on the ballot also asked voters if they wanted five of the seven members to be elected from districts and two to be elected at large. Both measures needed approval to be passed.[3]

Lawsuit

A lawsuit has been filed against the city, stating that the petition which got the redistricting issue onto the ballot was misleading. The two people who filed the lawsuit noted that the redistricting of the city is unfair, giving more control to the northern part of the city and leaving the southern part not well represented. The council has agreed to table the implementation of the new districts until the issue is resolved in court.[4]

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