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Extended Term Limits Proposed for Mayor & Council
A proposal introduced this week by Mayor Strickland could give Tacoma's elected officials up to 24 years in office.
Rules currently in place limit the term of service for anyone person to no more than 10 consecutive years as either council member, mayor, or any combination of the two.
A proposal that came out of this year's charter review committee process is linked to the form of government conversation. That proposal would set term limits for any one person at two ful consecutive terms as council member and two full consecutive terms as mayor. With four year terms, that would raise the limit to 16 years.
Another proposal, which we first saw at this Tuesday's City Council Committee of the Whole session, would raise the limit even further, giving any one person up to three full consecutive terms on council and three full consecutive terms as mayor, for a potential total of 24 years representing the citizens of Tacoma.
The space for "rationale" is empty on the handout from Tuesday's meeting, but Mayor Strickland referenced concerns over continuity of leadership in City government as a reason for the proposed extension.
If the Council decides it likes either the 2x2 or 3x3 term limit extension, they'll send it to the voters. Hopefully we'll hear a little more debate on the topic before that happens - maybe at the next special meeting scheduled on the topic for June 17.
If you have opinions on this or other proposed changes to Tacoma's charter, you'll have an opportunity to comment at a public hearing scheduled for next Tuesday's Council meeting.
What is the right amount of time? Should we have term limits at all?
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