FARMINGTON -- The methodical certification of the signatures on the petitions calling for Kaysville ballot initiatives continues for Davis County officials.
County clerks continue to examine signatures on the three petition initiatives to ensure each is the valid signature of a registered county voter, Davis County Clerk/Auditor Steve Rawlings said.
After the detailed work of cross-referencing the signatures against county voter records, Rawlings said he expects the clerk's office will make its results known to Kaysville City Recorder Linda Ross by its deadline date of May 16.
"I know we will have them by then," Rawlings said.
State law allows the clerk's office 30 days to validate the signature packets.
On April 15, Kaysville Citizens for Responsible Government submitted to the county three initiatives calling for change to be made to their city government.
Each initiative needs 1,431 certified signatures to be listed on Kaysville city's November ballot.
* Initiative A, which received 1,521 signatures, seeks to district five of the six council positions into geographic regions.
* Initiative B, which received 1,511 signatures, seeks to establish a public service commission to restrict how revenue from the city's power company is used.
* Initiative C, which received 1,473 signatures, seeks to change the city's form of government from a city manager to a strong mayor.
The number of signatures collected by the citizens group leaves them little leeway should a number of the signatures result in disqualification, officials said.
Margaret Brough, co-founder of the citizens group, said she is confident each initiative will reach the ballot because her volunteer group, in the process of collecting signatures, worked from a list of registered voters.
Brough refers to her group as "miracle workers" for being able to -- in just a two-week period -- get the number of signatures needed and petition packets submitted to the county by the April 15 deadline.
Also, a fiscal analysis of what the changes will cost Kaysville residents, if approved, has been prepared by the city.
However, the citizens group contests the portion of the analysis that says there would be an increased cost to taxpayers of about $90,000 to change the form of government from city manager to strong mayor.
The city included in its analysis the need for a mayoral assistant at a salary and benefit package exceeding $124,000 a year.
The citizens group takes exception to the mayor's need for an assistant.
The city's cost to establish district council seats is about $3,700, while the fiscal impact of restricting use of the city's power revenues cannot be clearly defined, based on the city's nine-page fiscal analysis.