Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

October 24, 2013

Water Board fate decided on Nov. ballot

By Michael Schaffer Managing Editor
The Daily Iowegian

---- — The fate of the Centerville Municipal Waterworks Board of Trustees is in the hands of the voters in November, after all.

The issue of discontinuing the trustees so the city could assume direct control of its operations first surfaced during a Centerville City Council meeting in September. However, the council at that meeting voted 3-2 to not place the issue on the November ballot.

Yet, Iowa law does allows a second way to eliminate a public utility — by citizen petition — that can be placed on the ballot for the next general, city or special election called for that purpose.

Citizen petition papers filed with City Hall to eliminate the Centerville water board contains 77 signatures, with addresses and dates, apparently enough to satisfy Iowa law, which says at least 10 percent of the number of voters in the last city election must sign the petition.

Based on the 10 percent rule, only 60 signatures were needed because 598 people voted in the last city election, Linda Demry, Appanoose County auditor, said Wednesday afternoon.