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Referenda on the ballots around the region

Tuesday, October 30, 2001

BALLOT QUESTIONS

Pittsburgh Home Rule Charter amendment

Special election question: Shall Article 5, Section 512, Bidding Procedure, of the Pittsburgh Home Rule Charter be amended to allow for the introduction of electronic commerce in city bidding procedures, as more fully described in Pittsburgh Ordinance No. 18 of 2001?

Explanation of ballot question: If this question is approved by a majority of those voting, the Pittsburgh Home Rule Charter will be amended to enable the City of Pittsburgh to use Internet-based purchasing methods.

Moon Area School District

Special election question: Shall the Moon Area School District establish an annual tax, separate from the General Fund, at the rate of 0.0185 mills on the dollar, on all taxable real property within the Moon Area School District (which is 18.5 cents on each $10,000 of assessed valuation of taxable real property) to defray the costs of maintaining and/or aiding in maintaining the Moon Township Public Library, effective July 1, 2002, and thereafter?

Explanation of ballot question: If this question is approved by a majority of those voting, a separate tax of $0.185 (18.5 cents) on each $10,000 of assessed value will be levied on all real estate in the Moon Area School District. All real estate in Crescent Township and Moon Township is subject to this tax. All money raised as a result of this tax can only be used to aid in the maintenance of the Moon Township Public Library and cannot be used for any other purpose. This tax would go into effect July 1, 2002.

Washington County

Special election question: Shall a Government Study Commission of nine members be elected to study the existing form of government of the municipality; to consider the advisability of the adoption of an optional form of government or a home rule charter; to recommend the adoption of an optional form of government, or to draft and recommend a home rule charter?

Explanation of ballot question: The question about creating a Government Study Commission for Washington County will appear on the Nov. 6 general election ballot because a petition signed by a sufficient number of registered voters and requesting the placement of this question on the ballot has been presented to the county board of elections. The role of the commission is to study and evaluate the existing form of county government, and to consider whether it would be advisable to adopt an optional form of government or a home rule charter.

After completing its evaluation, the Government Study Commission may recommend that no change be made in the existing form of government and it should remain in place. Or, the commission may recommend the adoption of a different form of government or a home rule charter, which the commission would draft. In either event, any optional form of government recommended by the commission, or proposed home rule charter, would be presented to the voters for approval in a later election.

If the majority of voters respond "yes" to the Nov. 6 ballot question, the commission will be established and it will proceed to study the existing form of county government and consider whether to recommend an optional form of government or the adoption of a home rule charter for the county. If the majority of voters respond "no" to the question, there will be no Government Study Commission, and the existing form of government will remain in place.

Whether you vote "yes" or "no" in response to the question, you should still vote for up to nine persons to serve on the commission in case the creation of a study commission is approved by the voters.



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