Piatt may put advisory questions on ballot

Voters in Piatt County may see a pair of advisory referendums on the April ballot as the county board seeks opinion on two issues: urging the state to allowed concealed carry of firearms, and reducing the minimum acreage requirements for rural home-building.

Concealed carry in Illinois could actually be on the way within the next sixth months after a federal appeals court this week overturned the state's weapon ban.

An advisory referendum, intended to send a message to Springfield, has been discussed by the county board for several months. Despite the fact it could become law without the pressure from several counties that have approved similar referendums, board member Richard Wilkin felt a local ballot question is still a good idea.

"Seeing as the court ruling gave the state six months to decide what they're going to do and come up with legislation within six months, I think this is very pertinent at this time. It is exactly the right time to put it on the ballot," Wilkin said at this week's meeting.

John Lyons also pushed for a second ballot question that would ask if voters favor lowering the 20-acre minimum needed to build a home in rural areas of the county. At a meeting in July, Lyons felt the limit smacked of too much government regulation. Last week he added his opinion that it held back residential development, especially in the southern end of the county.

No vote was taken, but board members are expected to discuss the issue again January with an eye toward it also being on the spring ballot.

 

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