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Code of Ordinances
2023 Oskaloosa Charter Amendment
Why did the City decide to remove the initiative and referendum process from its charter?
Since the City of Oskaloosa adopted its home rule charter in 1992, there have been significant developments in Iowa case law.
The attorney general has articulated in at least two separate opinions that the referendum and initiative process was an unconstitutional delegation of authority by a city council.
In a major court case against the City of Iowa City, the court stated that only the form of government could be in a charter and not administrative or day-to-day operations of the City.
This court action prompted the City of Oskaloosa to question whether the referendum initiative provisions in Article 6 constitute a “form of government” or whether they are administrative in nature on how the City does its business, rendering the limits contained in Article 6 regarding what can and cannot be the subject of a referendum completely unnecessary.
The city council then passed an ordinance amending its charter to remove the questionable section and ensure the charter is consistent with state law, only allowing amendments in accordance with state law.
Please click the link below to view the pre-amended charter. Article VI - "Initiative and Referendum" can be found on pages C8-C14.
To view the updated City Charter, please click the "Oskaloosa code of ordinances" link in red above.
For more information or assistance, please contact the City Clerk's Office at (641) 673-9431.