On Monday, Americans for Prosperity and volunteers will turn in what they believe is enough signatures to meet the constitutional requirement for protesting a charter ordinance. The ordinance in question would allow the Ambassador Hotel to retain 75 percent of the guest tax it collects.
Petition organizers plan to submit the petitions to the Wichita City Clerk at 3:30 pm on Monday. After that, the Sedgwick County Election Commissioner will determine if enough valid signatures were submitted.
If enough signatures are submitted, under the usual course of affairs the Wichita City Council could do one of two things: One choice is that the council could rescind the ordinance, which would end the matter. The other choice the council can make is to call an election so that voters can decide whether the ordinance will take effect.
In the present case, however, the Wichita City Council has turned over the decision to the developers of the Ambassador Hotel. It will be their decision, and their expense if they decide they want an election.
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