Broadview Board Approves Two Advisory Referenda For November Ballot

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

During a regular meeting on Aug. 6, the Broadview Board of Trustees voted unanimously to approve two separate resolutions authorizing two different advisory referendum to be placed on the ballot during the Nov. 6 election.

The board voted 5-0 to allow advisory referenda regarding the minimum age to purchase tobacco and fines for littering to be on the ballot in November. Trustee Sherman Jones had to leave the room while voting was taking place.

The tobacco-related referendum would ask Broadview voters whether or not they want to increase the minimum age to purchase tobacco from 18 to 21 years old.

The littering referendum would ask Broadview voters whether or not they want to increase the amount of fines for littering.

Currently, the minimum fine for littering is $50 while the maximum fine is $250, according to village officials. The referendum would ask voters if they want to increase this range of penalties, from a minimum of $150 to a maximum of $750.

The referenda are both advisory, meaning that even if either or both are successful, new ordinances will not necessarily be adopted as a result of their passage. The village board decides whether or not to enact new legislation based on the outcomes of the advisory referenda. VFP 

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