An initiative is a proposed ordinance brought forth by voters in the City of Kalamazoo. A proposal can be submitted to the City Commission by petition signed by a set amount of voters.The petition must have a number of signatures that is at least 15% of the valid ballots cast for Commissioners at the most recent City Commission Election (held in November of odd-numbered years). Signers must be qualified and registered electors in the city of Kalamazoo and petitions must include each signer's address, precinct, and the date signed.
The petition must include the proposed ordinance in full and a request that if the ordinance is not passed by the City Commission, it shall be submitted to a vote of Kalamazoo voters. The petition should also contain any existing ordinances which would be altered or repealed.
When the petition is filed, the City Clerk will certify the number of qualified signers. If the petition meets the requirements of the City Charter, the City Commission will have 20 days to enact the proposal without alteration or submit it to a vote. The City Commission must call a special election within three months, unless there are already scheduled elections within the next six months.
More information is available in the City Charter (starting with Section 58).