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No term-limits issue slated for November ballot — yet

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Although the Whitehall Charter Review Commission had recommended five issues to be put before the voters on the November ballot, only one received City Council’s approval — and it wasn’t the term-limits elimination.

Council met in special session July 30, when it was expected that a proposed amendment to repeal term limits once again would go before voters. But the amended proposal was defeated 4-2.

Only three of the commission’s recommendations made it to a vote Tuesday, and only one passed.

The commission’s only proposal that likely will go before voters in November ballot is the recommendation to stagger the election cycle of the auditor to coincide with council members rather than other administrators.

For an issue to appear on the November ballot, a petition must be received by the Franklin County Board of Elections by Aug. 7, which is 90 days prior to Election Day.

Council president Jim Graham said he has a feeling the term-limits issue could be reintroduced during the Aug. 6 regular meeting. 

“There’s always the possibility someone could change their mind,” he said. 

If council votes on the proposal again Aug. 6, it would take five “yes” votes for the issue to appear on the November ballot.

Read the full story in the Aug. 8 edition of ThisWeek Whitehall News.

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