Step-by-step guide to passing a new bylaw

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To the Editor:

How to pass a bylaw for beginners:

1. Declare a negative-option vote for a bylaw in mid-summer with no prior notice of the proposal or how taxpayer money will be spent.

2. Those against the proposal have 30 days to gather signatures on petitions. Those in favour, carry on enjoying your summer with no democratic duties required.

3. Twenty days into the process, if it looks like voters don’t like your proposal, call the whole thing off, disregard the signed petitions and the work that went in to them.

4. Call another vote at a time when those pesky voters are asleep or busy eating turkey. Christmas sounds good!

Mike Somerville