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Public Referendum

  • 1.  Public Referendum

    Posted 9 days ago

    Hello All! Just had an issue come up with some work that we're involved with that I'm curious to see your input. Has anyone else tried the method of using public referendum in your preservation causes? By putting arts and cultural heritage issues to a ballot measure have you seen successes, or challenges, to your case to save a place? Just curious how much do we see preservation put to a public ballot measure? IF anyone has examples from their communities, that would be great – success stories are great, but I think we could all learn from any cases that didn't go as planned, too!
    Thanks,
    Colleen
    ~Did a little research on this, and found this listing preservation-related ballot measures.
    https://ballotpedia.org/History,_culture_and_the_arts_on_the_ballot



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    Colleen Danz
    Forum Marketing Manager
    National Trust for Historic Preservation
    Washington DC
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  • 2.  RE: Public Referendum

    Posted 9 days ago
    A recent example from Evanston about a non-binding referendum:  Harley Clarke Mansion referendum headed for November ballot in Evanston

    See also Evanston voters overwhelmingly signal that they want to save a threatened lakefront mansion. Will elected officials listen?

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    William Cook
    Washington DC
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  • 3.  RE: Public Referendum

    Posted 9 days ago
    Further to the articles above, the city is appealing the denial of the demolition permit.  This is a good reminder that nonbinding referenda are nonbinding.  https://evanstonnow.com/story/government/bill-smith/2018-11-21/80888/city-files-harley-clarke-appeal

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    william cook
    Washington DC
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  • 4.  RE: Public Referendum

    Posted 6 days ago
    In 2008, 56% of Minnesota voters opted to include arts & history in the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment (aka simply "the Legacy amendment"). Although not really a referendum in a preservation policy sense, the amendment does provide funding for preservation. The constitutional amendment increased the state sales tax by 3/8 of one percent through 2034 and is distributed by percentage into four funds: the clean water fund (33%), the outdoor heritage fund (33%),  the arts and cultural heritage fund (19.75%), and the parks and trails fund (14.25%). https://www.legacy.mn.gov

    Preservation projects take a big chunk of the portion of the arts & cultural heritage funds awarded by the Minnesota Historical Society.
    http://www.mnhs.org/legacy

    Barbara

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    Barbara Howard
    Minneapolis MN
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  • 5.  RE: Public Referendum

    Posted 4 hours ago

    Just an update on some events happening here in Evanston, IL. City Council voted the other night NOT to proceed with demolition of the Harley Clarke Mansion after a public referendum proved by 80% that the public wanted the house saved. Win for preservation!

    Here are some articles about the win:

    https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/evanston/news/ct-evr-harley-clarke-demolition-stopped-tl-1213-story.html

     https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/kamin/ct-biz-harley-clarke-mansion-kamin-1211-story.html



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    Jennifer Sandy
    Senior Field Officer
    National Trust for Historic Preservation
    Chicago, Illinois
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