Lake Worth plans to increase term lengths for commissioners

Lake Worth City HallLAKE WORTH — Voters may have another ballot question to answer at the March election. This one, however, has nothing to do with potholes.

This time voters will possibly decide if the terms for city commissioners will be extended from two to three years.

By a unanimous vote at first reading at tonight’s meeting, commissioners approved placing a charter referendum on the March 14 municipal general election ballot.

“I like the idea for putting it out for public vote,” said Commissioner Ryan Maier. “I’m glad we don’t have to make this decision ourselves.”

Candidates running for mayor and commissioner from Districts 1 and 3 will be for three-year terms starting March 2018. Candidates running for commissioner from Districts 2 and 4 will be for three-year terms beginning March 2019.

Mayor Pam Triolo said she has no preference on extending term lengths.

“The hardest part is the learning  process and learning governmental budgeting and accounting,” she said. “That first year is a bear. It takes a year to adjust.”

The ordinance does not extend the term for any current commissioner. A public hearing has been scheduled for Jan. 10.



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