Fort Dodge Resident Petitions to Bring Citywide Gas and Electric Franchise Fee to a Public Vote

A Fort Dodge man has started a petition in an effort to force a citywide vote on adding franchise fees to city utility bills in order to pay for new police officers.

The proposed Case for 8 is a plan that was rolled out by the police department that would support adding 8 new officers to the force over the next two years. In order to pay for the new officers, a 5% franchise fee would be added to every Fort Dodge resident’s MidAmerican Energy gas and electric bill.

Scott Davis says the petition he started asks the city to put the plan to add the fees to a citywide vote and not allow the city council to dictate the measure.

“At the end of the day I don’t think this is right,” Davis said. I’m sticking to my conviction that the people of Fort Dodge need to vote on this.”

Davis said the petition is not about stopping the effort to add police, rather it is to allow the residents to have a say in the matter. 

“I want to be very clear, I am not against police officers. I think we need more police officers but I think the people need to vote on the measure,” Davis said.

The measure has cleared two readings with a third scheduled on February 26th.  

Davis said if he has the amount of signatures necessary submitted by the deadline, The city will either have to hold a special election or put it on the November ballot.

Click the link below for more details on the Case for 8 and the potential franchise fees:

http://bit.ly/thecasefor8

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