City of Newark Proposed Referendum
Following an affirmative vote by Council this January, the City began taking the necessary planning steps regarding a possible referendum to be held on Tuesday, June 19. The referendum would address the ability for the City to seek approval to borrow money for several capital projects, including the proposed stormwater pond project at the former Rodney dorm site. This would be the first referendum since 2001, when the City sought borrowing authorization to fund construction of the Newark reservoir and upgrades to the South Well Field Water Treatment Plant utilizing debt.
The referendum process is defined in section 407.2 of City Charter and a timeline regarding the current proposed referendum is outlined below:
- April 23rd, resolution to set public hearing for referendum question(s)
- May 14th, Public hearing for referendum question(s)
- May 29th through June 18th, Newspaper advertising window and other public outreach on finalized referendum questions
- June 19th, referendum date
- June 21st, Election results certified by Board of Elections
- July 9th, Regular council meeting where election results can be certified by Council; certification meeting can be held as early as June 28th if desired.
To ensure voters eligible to participate in the referendum are well-informed, the City is hosting a series of town hall forums to educate the public on the various capital projects that may be included in the referendum vote and the financial impact associated with approving or rejecting the referendum.
The City proposed a total of nine town hall forums to invite the public to hear a formal presentation on the aspects of the proposed referendum. In addition to the three forums currently scheduled below, up to six district-level events may be scheduled, hosted in concert with the district council member, at a date, time and location they select. All residents would be welcome to attend any or all forums, as their schedule permits.
The currently scheduled sessions are as follows:
• Monday, April 16, from 6:30 - 8 p.m. at the George Wilson Center, 303 New London Road, Newark
• District 3: May 1 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at the Pilgrim Baptist Church at 1325 Barksdale Road
• District 6: Wednesday, May 9, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at the Temple Beth El, 301 Possum Park Road, Newark
• Tuesday, May 22, from 6:30 - 8 p.m. at the Newark Senior Center, 200 White Chapel Drive, Newark
• District 1: Thursday, May 31, from 6:30 – 8 p.m. in Council Chambers, 220 S. Main Street, Newark
• District 4: June 6 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. in Council Chambers
• Thursday, June 7, from 6:30 - 8 p.m. in Council Chambers, 220 S. Main Street, Newark
• District 5: Thursday, June 14, from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at the George Wilson Center, 303 New London Road, Newark
More information regarding the projects proposed for inclusion in the referendum, their impact on the community and costs will be available shortly.
If you have any questions, please email AskNewark@newark.de.us or call 302-366-7000.
The city referendum election is to be held on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Polls open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 8:00 p.m. The polling places for the election are as follows:
- District 1 - Wesleyan Church of Newark, 708 W. Church Road
- District 2 - Aetna Fire Station #8, 410 Ogletown Road
- District 3 - Aetna Fire Station #7, 7 Thorn Lane
- District 4 - First Church of Christ, Scientist, 48 W. Park Place
- District 5 - First Presbyterian Church, Memorial Hall, 292 W. Main Street
- District 6 - First Church of the Nazarene, 357 Paper Mill Road
- Non-resident property owners - Council Chambers, Newark Municipal Building, 220 S. Main Street
For more voter information, please click here.
Town Hall Forum Presentation
- The full presentation is available for download here