2.52.130 Referendum procedures
A. Except as provided in the City's Charter, all ordinances adopted by the City Council that are legislative in character shall be subject to referendum. Any ordinance necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety; fixing the rate of general property taxation for any year; related to the issuance of securities; adopting the budget; making an appropriation for the ensuing fiscal year; calling for a special election; levying special assessments, or initiating improvement districts shall not be subject to referendum.
B. No ordinance shall take effect and be in force before thirty days after adoption by the City Council and publication by title, except that no ordinance that zones, rezones, or changes any zoned district shall take effect and be in force before forty-five days after adoption by the City Council and publication by title. If, prior to the effective date of an ordinance and during business hours on a business day in which the Office of the City Clerk is open, a petition signed by registered electors of the city equal in number to three percent of the total number of persons registered to vote in the city on the date of the last regular municipal election is filed with the City Clerk protesting such ordinance, the City Clerk shall begin the initial determination of sufficiency as set out in Section 2.52.150. (Ord. O-94-3 § 1 (part), 1994).