Unofficial: Fremont Votes For No Change In Housing Ordinance

Paul Gutierrez

FREMONT (KPTM) - Voters here are opting to keep a controversial housing ordinance in place as it's written. The certified outcome, however, is not quite decided yet and could even end up in court.

"There have been a lot of court proceedings already," said Ron Tillery, executive director for the Chamber of Commerce. "I think there's probably nothing but court proceedings in the future."

It's something the town has seen before. In 2010, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit on behalf of landlords in Fremont. If ongoing strife between both sides keeps up, Tillery fears it could scare some people away from the city.

"If we're going to be a growing community we're going to need more housing. That's why it's important for us to clear all of these barriers to growth and development."

As of 9:30 P.M., the "no" votes outgained the "yes" votes by a count of 3,850 to 2,610. That means, in part, landlords will legally not be able to rent property to illegal immigrants.