referendum on november ballot

On Election Day, Tuesday, November 3, voters are being asked to decide if they want to change the way Mt. Lebanon advertises public meetings in which the municipality decides to incur debt, through bond issues or other borrowing methods. Currently, prior to voting on a proposed ordinance to incur municipal debt, the charter requires two notices, one 15 to 30 days prior to the commission meeting where the debt ordinance will be raised, and the second seven to 15 days prior to the meeting. Since state law only requires one public notice, given between three and 30 days prior to the meeting, the municipal staff found the additional notification to be burdensome at times, preventing the municipality from taking advantage of locking in lower interest rates in bond issues. The committee recommends issuing only one public notice, between seven and 30 days prior to the relevant commission meeting. If approved, the change will take place on January 1, 2016. Read more about this issue here.