Friends of Farmers Market Petition verified, sent to County Clerk

May 22, 2014 12:32 PM

The Friends of the Farmers Market initiative petition has been verified by the Chico City Clerk and is now being sent to the Butte County Clerk for final verification.

The group must have 4,750 signatures of registered City of Chico voters in order to qualify the initiative for the November 4, 2014 ballot. When they originally turned in the signatures they claimed to have over 9,000 signatures.

Over the last few years, those associated with the Saturday Farmers’ Market and the City of Chico have been in a tug-of-war over the location of the market. The City recently declined to renew the market’s lease, leaving the future location up in the air once the market’s current lease expires on December 1, 2014.

The initiative raises the question of the market’s renewal every eight years instead of every other year. After eight years, the question of renewal will be placed upon the voters, not the city. The initiative will also reportedly pay for semi-permanent restrooms, grant market officials more control over the lot to control traffic, and increase vendor fees which will be paid to the City.

The Butte County Clerk’s office has until June 24 to send the results back to the City Clerk.


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