According to a report by WALLACE McKELVEY of the Press of Atlantic City, a petition that would have brought a proposal to change the city’s form of government before voters this November is invalid, city officials determined Wednesday.
The petitioners failed to properly word the petition question, to provide affidavits from circulators attached to the signatures and to obtain the necessary 1,415 signatures, a memo signed by City Clerk Lynn Sweeney states.
The petition, submitted to Sweeney’s office earlier this month, called for a referendum to revert the city to a three-member commission form of government, in which elected officials would oversee individual departments.
A similar movement in 1989 led to the city abandoning that form for the manager and seven-member council it currently has.
“There are too many people who want to see this move forward for us to throw our hands up,” said Frank Koch, president of Respectable Government.
Sweeney, in an interview Wednesday, said the group has 10 days to resubmit its petition materials.