SECTION 7.03.  REFERENDUM.
   Qualified voters of the City of Freeport may require that any ordinance or resolution, with the exception of ordinances or resolutions levying taxes, passed by the City Council be submitted to the voters of the City for approval or disapproval, by submitting a petition for this purpose within thirty (30) days after final passage of said ordinance or resolution, or within thirty (30) days after its publication. Said petition shall be addressed, prepared, signed and verified as required for petitions initiating legislation as provided in Section 7.02 of this Charter and shall be submitted to the person performing the duties of City Secretary. Upon the filing of such petition, the person performing the duties of City Secretary shall present said petition to the City Council at its next meeting. Thereupon the City Council shall reconsider such ordinance or resolution, and if it does not entirely repeal the same, shall submit it to popular vote as provided in Section 7.02 of this Charter. Pending the holding of such election, such ordinance or resolution shall be suspended from taking effect and shall not later take effect unless a majority of the qualified voters thereon at such election shall vote in favor thereof.