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D LIKE TO KNOW HOW TO GO ABOUT THIS?

May 29, 1998

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``There is a provision for repeal,'' said Patty Jaimes, Douglas County clerk. ``There are several different methods. One of the methods is a petition signed by not less than 10 percent of the electors of the county who voted at the last preceding general election for the office of secretary of state.''

In case you're wondering, 26,065 people in Douglas County voted for the office in 1994. That means any petition calling for a repeal of the 1-cent countywide sales tax approved during that same election would need to be signed by at least 2,607 registered voters.

Even before any petition went out for signatures, however, it would need to be certified for form by the county's counselor, Jaimes said.

``If they want more detail, I suggest that they either contact an attorney, the secretary of state's office or the attorney general's office.''

Jaimes said she would be happy to run a copy of the appropriate state statute that outlines rules for recall petitions. Her office is on the first floor of the Douglas County Courthouse, 11th and Massachusetts. The phone number is 832-5281.

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