At the time the proponent files a notice of intention to circulate an initiative petition, the proponent shall pay a fee, the amount of which is specified in Section 820 of this Code, to the Director of Elections. The fee shall be used to defray the costs incurred by the City Attorney to prepare the ballot title and summary as required by California Elections Code Section 9203. The fee shall be refunded by the Director of Elections to the proponent if, within one year of the date of filing the notice of intention, the Director of Elections certifies the sufficiency of the petition.
At the time the proponent files a notice of intention to circulate an initiative petition, the proponent may submit a petition containing signatures in lieu of part or all of the filing fee required under Subsection (a). Any registered voter of the City and County may sign an in-lieu petition. Each valid signature contained in the in-lieu petition shall reduce the filing fee by the amount specified in Section 840 of this Code.
Each in-lieu petition shall include a complete and accurate copy of the notice of intention to circulate an initiative petition. Each petition shall also include spaces for the voter’s signature, printed name and residence address. The residence address shall include street and number within the City and County, or other adequate designation of residence so that the location may be readily ascertained. Across the top of each printed page there shall be printed in 12-point boldface type the following: “Petition in Lieu of Filing Fee for Notice of Intention to Circulate Initiative Petition.”
Each in-lieu petition shall include an affidavit signed by the circulator in substantially the same form as set forth in California Elections Code Section 9022 except that the affidavit shall declare that the circulator is a voter of the City and County and shall state the address at which the circulator is registered to vote at the time of execution of the affidavit.
(Added by Ord. 429-97, App. 11/17/97)