Fremont will have to pay, whether it enforces or overturns the city’s controversial ordinance against illegal immigrants.
Fremont taxpayers will foot the bill for portions of Ordinance 5165 that require verification studies to enforce a provision that landlords not rent to illegal immigrants.
A special election to decide whether the ordinance stands or is overturned will cost as well.
Election Commissioner Fred Mytty has been weighing the cost of a mail-in election versus a standard election. . .
“My original estimates were about $22,000 just in postage alone for the election. I researched some other options and I got that figure down to about $15,000, but going to the polls is about $10,000.”
The election on Ordinance 5165 will be held February 11th.
Some city leaders have voiced concern that the costs of defending the ordinance may become very expensive and endanger the city’s ability to qualify for federal monies, especially when the city of Fremont is financially struggling.
By Connie Green, KHUB