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PUBLIC REFERENDUM – CONSOLIDATED ELECTION – APRIL 6, 2021
On November 16, 2020, the City of South Beloit authorized an advisory public question to be placed on the ballot at the April 6, 2021, Consolidated Election. The question is advisory in nature which means the City will not be required to enact any changes based on the voting results, however, it is still important to vote in order to make your opinion heard on the matter.
The question will appear as follows:
“SHALL THE CITY OF SOUTH BELOIT ELIMINATE THE ANNUAL PERIOD OF OPEN BURNING OF YARD WASTE WITHIN THE CITY? ______ (YES) ______(NO)”
Purpose of the Question:
The purpose of the question being submitted to the voters of South Beloit is to determine whether or not members of the community want to continue to allow open burning in the City. Historically, there have been various opinions as to whether or not the City should allow open burning. Many opinions against open burning relate to the negative health effects that open burning might cause while many opinions in favor of open burning relate to the ease of disposal of materials that may be burned.
What Your Vote Means:
A “YES” vote means the community wants to eliminate annual burning of yard waste in South Beloit in the future. If a majority of voters vote “YES” then the period of annual burning of yard waste will be prohibited and no resident, at any time, would be permitted to burn yard waste. To enact these changes, the City Council would have to pass an ordinance eliminating the open burning section in the City’s Code of Ordinances.
A “NO” vote means the community does not want to eliminate the annual burning of yard waste in South Beloit. If a majority of voters vote “NO” then the period of annual burning of yard waste may continue as currently provided for in the City’s Code of Ordinances.
However, please be advised, that the City Council may change the ordinance regarding open burning at any time. The City has taken the step to ask for input from residents given the fact this is an important and widely contested matter within the City. Make your voice heard by voting in the April 6, 2021 Consolidated Election.
Lastly, the City is exploring other alternative options for residents to safely dispose of yard waste should the City Council pass an ordinance to eliminate the annual burning of yard waste.