Referendum Petitions

Referendum is the ability to petition the City Council to repeal legislation previously adopted or, alternatively, City Council can submit it to the citizens for a vote at an election. Please note, the Plano City Charter excepts from the referendum process ordinances or resolutions levying taxes. There are also other subject matters that by state statute or Texas court decisions are outside the scope of the referendum process. A referendum petition form can be obtained here.

In addition to the state law requirements in Chapter 277 of the Texas Election Code which are applicable to referendum petitions and which are set out in the overview herein, the Plano City Charter has rules relating for referendum petitions in Section 7.03. A referendum petition may be filed with the City Secretary requesting repeal of any ordinance or resolution previously passed by City Council.

A petition for referendum must be submitted within thirty (30) days after final passage of said ordinance or resolution, or within thirty (30) days after its publication. A petition initiator/circulator can contact the Plano City Secretary’s office to determine the exact submittal date for a referendum petition. 

The petition must be signed by registered voters of the city equal in number to twenty (20) percent of the number of votes cast at the last regular municipal election of the city, or one hundred fifty (150), whichever is greater. The precise number of signatures needed for a referendum petition can be obtained by contacting the Plano City Secretary’s office. The referendum petition must be verified by oath as indicated in the overview herein. A copy of the ordinance or resolution that is the subject of the referendum request must be attached to each page of the petition.

Upon presentation to City Council of a valid referendum petition, the City Council will reconsider the ordinance or resolution. If the City Council does not entirely repeal the ordinance or resolution, they will call a special election in accordance with the Texas Election Code and submit the legislation to the voters for consideration. If an election is called, pending the holding of the election, the ordinance or resolution is suspended from taking effect and will not later take effect unless a majority of voters vote in favor of the ordinance or resolution.