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The qualified voters of the City of Freeport may initiate legislation by submission of a proposed ordinance or resolution to a vote of the qualified voters of the City. The petition must be signed by two hundred (200) qualified votes of the City or by a number of qualified voters equal in number to thirty (30%) of the number of votes cast at the last regular municipal election of the City, whichever is greater. The petition shall be signed in the same manner as recall petitions are signed, as provided in Section 6.02 of this Charter, and shall be verified by oath in the manner and form provided for recall petitions in Section 6.03 of this Charter. The petition may consist of one or more copies as permitted for recall petitions in Section 6.04 of this Charter but each copy of the petition shall have attached to it a copy of the proposed ordinance or resolution. The petition shall be filed with the person performing the duties of City Secretary. Within five (5) days after the filing of the petition, the person performing the duties of City Secretary shall present the petition and the proposed ordinance or resolution to the City Council. Upon presentation to it of the petition and the proposed ordinance or resolution, it shall become the duty of the City Council, within ten (10) days after the receipt thereof, to pass and adopt such ordinance or resolution without alteration as to meaning or effect in the opinion of the persons filing the petition, or to call a special election, to be held on the next uniform election date specified in the Texas Election Code at which the qualified voters of the City of Freeport shall vote on the question of adopting or rejecting the proposed legislation. Provided, however, if there are less than forty-five (45) days remaining before suchdate, then such special election shall be called for the next succeeding uniform election date occurring after the expiration of forty-five (45) days.
(Amendment adopted by electorate 5-7-94; Amendment adopted by electorate 5-6-96)