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Farragut term limits set for November ballot


Farragut’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen want to ensure voters are ready for a term limits referendum on the November ballot.

“I’m afraid a very high percentage of the electorate may show up and not know anything about this,” Alderman Bob Markli said at the Board meeting Thursday, Sept. 23.

The term limits would limit any elected official to 12 years total in office, as an alderman or as mayor. That official also could serve only eight years in any one office, say eight years as mayor or eight as an alderman.

And those term limits would not be applied retroactively. They would go into effect in 2014, and would only apply to officials elected after that.

The ballot wording has been approved by Knox County Election Commission:

“Shall the laws of the Town of Farragut be changed so that going forward term limits as described below would apply to candidates for elected office:

(a) No person shall be eligible to serve more than eight elected years as either Mayor or as an Alderman,

(b) No person shall be eligible to serve for more than twelve elected years in any combination of service as Mayor and Alderman.

(c) Service in office following being elected shall count in determining years of service. Service in office following appointment to an unexpired term shall not count in determining years of service. Service in office prior to the adoption of this term limit law shall not count in determining years of service.

(d) These limits shall not apply to any elections until the election of Mayor and Alderman in 2014.”

The term limits referendum on Farragut will be the last question on the ballot on Nov. 2, and voters will vote “for” or “against.”


“So everyone needs to make sure they go all the way to the end,” Alderman John Williams said.

The Town also will post the sample ballot and the full ordinance on term limits on its Web site, www.townoffarragut.org

“And I would encourage people, if they don’t understand it, to call Town Hall,” Mayor Ralph McGill said.

The Board also approved a contract for Farragut’s Annual Report. The contract was given to K. Kimmey Design for $12,490.

“It’s something people really like to have,” Farragut Parks and Leisure Services Director Sue Stuhl said of the report, which contains information about Farragut’s staff, parks, programs and services.

“You can get all the information here, a one-stop shop,” Stuhl said.

“I’m one of those people who really enjoy it,” Markli told her.

In other business, the Board:

• Approved its meeting dates for November and December: Tuesday, Nov. 16 and Thursday, Dec. 9.

• Approved McGill as the voting delegate for the National League of Cities Conference. Vice Mayor Dot LaMarche and Markli are the alternates.

 

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