Info from City of Wilm provided for clarification:
In an effort to publically identity upfront potential costs associated with a possible ballball-related question on a ballot in the general election, any costs that could be anticipated were included in the ordinance for City Council consideration. This includes not only a possible reference on the general election ballot and related state legal public notification requirements, but also legal counsel that will be needed to help frame the language of any such question or questions on the ballot in the event that occurs. It is also not known at this time if a separate ballot would be needed or required, or what question or questions would be needed to meet state statutes.
Because so many issues have not been finalized to this point, the estimate was made based on one-half the cost charged to the city for the last special election, taking into account the items above. (We also pay the county for municipal elections, which generally cost the city between $60-$70,000).
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