KAYSVILLE -- If you want to beat City Hall, you enlist consultants who have beaten City Hall.
Especially when they live just next door.
Members of the group known as Layton Citizens are providing free consulting services to a group of Kaysville residents who are trying to place an initiative on the Nov. 5 ballot.
If voter-approved, the initiative would restrict city leaders from spending power rate revenues for anything other than to operate the city-owned power company.
"We did talk to (the Kaysville group) about referendums," Layton Citizens spokesman Brian Pead told the Standard-Examiner.
Layton Citizens were successful in placing an initiative on the November 2012 ballot that resulted in voters rejecting a proposed west Layton development.
Now key members of that same group are helping out the Kaysville citizens.
There are some similarities between what the two groups are attempting to accomplish, Pead said.
"If they have questions, of course, we will answer them," he said. "There is great power in citizens coming together on vital issues."
The trend seems to be that more citizen groups are being formed across the country, Pead said, because of the constant push public entities are exerting in wanting to be in control.
Art Morley, who is spearheading the initiative effort in Kaysville, said he appreciates the help the Layton Citizens group is offering.
Morley said there is nothing in state law that requires those collecting the signatures on a petition to be registered voters of a particular city.
"I'm sure (Kaysville city) will not be pleased with the group doing this," Morley said of the citizens groups combining forces.
"I'm not sure why the (citizens) group would think we wouldn't be pleased," Kaysville Mayor Steve Hiatt said. "We totally support the initiative process as long as accurate information is being shared."
The city also has no concerns about Layton and Kaysville citizens working together to help get the word out about the initiative and collect signatures, he said.
Hiatt said he just wants to be sure the process is fair and transparent.
The Kaysville citizens on Feb. 26 presented the petitition for the city's approval to circultate the petition for signatures.
The initiative comes on the heels of the city council approving a power rate increase of 9.65 percent in 2012 to build up power fund reserves, after the city used money from the power fund to pay for other services.
But working against the Kaysville citizens group is the financial impact statement explaining the impact the initiative will have on the city if approved.
"The initiative will cause a shift of costs to property taxes of $409,244, which will require a 33.34 percent tax rate increase, and require the use of more public debt to operate the city," Kaysville City Finance Director Dean Storey stated in the impact statement summary.
"The amount of debt is difficult to estimate," Storey said.
Kaysville City Recorder Linda Ross said it will be that summary that will be attached to the signature petitions the citizens group will be circulating.
The petition, to begin circulating soon, will need 1,609 certified signatures by the close of April 15.