KAYSVILLE -- They collected as many as 1,521 signatures on the three petition initiatives. They needed 1,431 signatures to be potentially validated by the county and get each of the measures on Kaysville city's 2011 ballot.
"We're a miracle people, aren't we?" said Margaret Brough, co-founder of Kaysville Citizens for Responsible Government.
On Friday afternoon, the citizens group submitted to the Davis County Clerk's Office in Farmington three petition initiatives.
"Every one of the initiatives has enough signatures to qualify to go on the ballot," said Orwin Draney, a member of the citizens group.
It will be up to the county clerk's office to determine if the signatures are valid.
"Thirty days -- we will have it all done, if not before," Davis County Election Coordinator Pat Beckstead said of the certifying process.
The clerk's office will be checking packets to make certain the number of signatures needed for each of the three initiatives has been met, Beckstead said.
Brough said group members hope they have collected more than enough signatures to give them the margin they need.
- 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 form.
The number of signatures on the initiative to change the form of government is cutting close the number of signatures needed, Brough said. But because the group worked from a list of registered voters in the city, she is confident they collected enough signatures. "We'll be OK."
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 states 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.
According to Kaysville Finance Director Dean Storey's analysis, going from a city manager to a full-time mayor form of government would save the city $34,357.
However, the net cost to the city would be higher in having to hire an administrative assistant to the mayor at an annual cost of $124,714, Storey wrote in the report.
The citizens group takes exception to the mayor's needing an assistant.
"We believe that Storey's fiscal impact statements are opinions that are based on biased evidence skewed to make his arguments," reads a letter dated March 30 from the group to Kaysville City Recorder Linda Ross.
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 Storey's nine-page analysis.