You can expect to see another item on your ballot in November – should there be set term limits for city officials?
The limits would apply to city servants such as the mayor, alder persons and municipal court judges.
The referendum going on the ballot would allow voters to chose if city officials should have consecutive terms that do not exceed 12 years.
There was a lot of back and forth about if it made sense for voters to vote on this.
One alderman said that this was a solution looking for a problem, that voting on term limits was undemocratic while another council member said what’s more democratic than a referendum?
There was a motion during Tuesday night’s meeting to remove the position of municipal court judge from the referendum, that motion did not pass on a seven to six vote.
But now the debate is over and the voters will make their decision in November.
“The idea of term limits didn’t come from the general population,” says alderman Chris Wery. “I haven’t had any outpouring. Clearly we are putting something on a referendum because the mayor asked us to.”
“This is the voter’s choice,” says alderman Brian Johnson. “As I said earlier we talk about term limits that aren’t democratic, I would argue, what’s more democratic than having a referendum to let the voters decide?”
If voters say yes to this referendum in November the term limits would change for public servants beginning with elections for 2019.