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Term Limit public hearing Thursday


Farragut’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen will host a public hearing at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 14, to answer questions about the Town’s term limit referendum on the Nov. 2 general election ballot.

“It’s going to be an information session,” Farragut Mayor Ralph McGill said.

The public hearing will precede the Board’s scheduled 7 p.m. meeting.

“We want to make sure the public is as educated as they can be,” Town Administrator David Smoak said.

The public hearing will provide citizens the opportunity to ask questions or get more information on term limits in Farragut.

The referendum states term limits will be defined as a maximum of three terms total with only two terms in any one office (as mayor or alderman).

It won’t apply until terms starting at the 2014 Farragut election, and it will not apply towards years of service when serving an appointment to an unexpired term. 

The referendum on the ballot will read as follows:

“Question: 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 for more than eight elected years as either Mayor or as an Aldermen,

(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 Aldermen in 2014.”

Visit www.townoffarragut.org to view the sample ballot, term limit ordinance and State of Tennessee House Bill.

Early voting is underway and open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., through Oct. 28 (except Sundays) at Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive.

Election day scheduled is from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 2, at assigned election locations. For more information, visit www.knoxcounty.org/election

For more information about the referendum, call Town Hall at 865-966-7057.

 

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