The council on Monday night agreed to come back to their next meeting with specific direction for City Attorney Kimberly Barlow and the City Council Advisory Committee.
"I think we should have clear direction. Are sending it to them to do a complete overhaul, compare it to the county and California or taking a look at some council members concerns?" said Councilman Brendan Brandt.
The City Council Advisory Committee drafted the ordinance in 2011 at the request of the council.
The ordinance limits city candidates to $2,000 in contributions from an individual, related entity, group, organization or corporation within a two-year period.
Councilman Gino Filippi voted against the adoption of the ordinance because it limits candidates who run in back to back elections.
Filippi suggested the committee review the city's ordinance in comparison to the state and San Bernardino County's limits, which are per election.
"I was led to believe from the original draft that that influence or the control would be for the per election, not per any two year period," he said. "In other words, it's actually unfair to someone that chooses to run back to back elections.
Individuals, businesses and committees or political action committees can donate up to $4,100 to a state senate or assembly candidate per election through December 2014, according to the Fair Political Practices Commission.
Higher state candidates can receive $6,800 and the governor can receive $27,200 per election.
San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors recently adopted a campaign contribution ordinance limiting donations from individuals to $3,900 per election and small contributor committees to $7,800.
Filippi also asked that Barlow look into the ordinances' constitutionality. He has also asked a third party law firm to look into the constitutionality of the ordinance at his own expense.
Mayor Ray Musser voted against postponing the decision because he wanted the ordinance to be reviewed by the Committee.
"I think they did a good job two years ago before the election of designing it," he said. "I think there needs to be changes."
Musser said he believes the city needs to also address how the ordinance is enforced.
"Some of our violation, we said it was violation but then didn't say what happened," he said. "We ought to be putting some teeth into it, or take it away, one of the two."
The council will meet again on March 11.
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