Three petitions were recently submitted to the City concerning the design of the new aquatics center, the sale of land in Vavra Park, and how money is spent from the I-35 TIF District Fund. Per state statute, the City sent the petitions to the Johnson County Election Office, whose task was to verify the appropriate number of signatures on the petitions comply with state law. However, the Election Office does not verify if submitted ordinances are allowable under state law. It is the City's legal opinion, based on state law and relevant case law, that the ordinances contained within these petitions are not allowable under state statute and the City is not legally compelled to act on them. As such, the Merriam City Council will not be taking any action regarding this issue.
For more information about the Community Center project and the petitions, visit www.merriam.org/buildingcommunity.