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Linn County workers have started verifying signatures on Albany resident Tom Cordier’s initiative petitions.

Cordier submitted a first batch of signature sheets last week, City Clerk Mary Dibble said Thursday.

Derrick Sterling of the county clerk’s office said the staff was checking the signatures to see how many are by registered city voters.

Cordier needs 3,774 valid signatures to qualify his proposals for an election.

He has until Sept. 24 but turned in some signature sheets early.

In a letter, he said that his petition to require an election on urban renewal  changes had 3,795 signatures, and his petition to limit the city’s debt had 3,825.

There was no interim report on what percentage of the first batch of signatures proved to be valid.

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