Voters Will Get to Decide on Term Limits Come November
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
It’s official. The city’s voters will have the chance this November to decide whether to roll back the term limit for elected officials to two terms.
The city’s Charter Revision Commission, appointed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg after he successfully campaigned for and was elected to a third term, voted Wednesday night to decide on the ballot questions that will be posed to the city’s voters in this year’s general election.
The exact language of the questions still need to be determined by the commission over the next few weeks, but voters can expect to be asked whether to restrict elected officials to serve a maximum of two consecutive terms. Voters will also be asked whether future City Council members should be banned from changing term limits to their own benefit, and whether incumbent officials will be allowed to run for a third term so that those currently in office can enjoy the benefit of the current rule.
The commission did not take up nonpartisan elections. It’s an issue championed by Bloomberg and backed by the good government group The Citizens Union, but strongly opposed by many labor unions and community organizations.
Other questions voters can expect to be asked at the polls on November 3 include: whether to require greater disclosure of independent contributions, whether to reduce the number of signatures needed to run for public office, as well as on issues related to public integrity, government efficiency and a fair share of city resources for taxpayers.
The commission has until September 3 to present its final recommendations for the ballot questions.