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By Allison Jarrell
The City Council voted 3-2 on Dec. 6— Councilmen Derek Reeve and Sam Allevato opposed—to move forward with establishing two four-year Council term limits with a two-year cooling off period.
Per state law, creating term limits requires a majority voter approval, so the Dec. 6 vote means a measure will be placed on the Nov. 6, 2018 general election ballot. Staff estimates the measure will cost $8,500 in addition to the $22,756-$28,963 cost of the general municipal election.
There was only one public comment from resident Stephanie Heredia, who questioned why staff is comparing cities with at-large voting to San Juan, which switched to by-district elections.
City Attorney Jeff Ballinger confirmed via email that the ordinance will be brought back for final Council adoption, so “the newly seated Council will have an opportunity to reverse course, should they decide to do so.” Ballinger added that a Council always has the option to withdraw a measure after voting to place it on a ballot.