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letter to the editor
Town leaders support term limits


To the Citizens of Farragut,

On Nov. 2, the citizens of the town of Farragut have an opportunity to vote on an important issue (term limits) for the town of Farragut. We, the members of the Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen, have written this column to express our reasons for supporting the term limit referendum. We believe the town of Farragut is fortunate to have an abundance of talented, passionate and articulate citizens. We also believe that many of these citizens are, and will continue to be, willing and able to serve as your elected officials in the role of mayor or alderman. By limiting the terms of these Farragut officials, more citizens will have the opportunity to serve as Town leaders and be actively involved in planning the future of this community. It should be noted that both Knox County and the City of Knoxville now operate under term limits, and more local governments across the nation are considering term limits.


An ordinance allowing term limits in the town of Farragut could only be considered after the state legislature amended state law in June — Tennessee Code Annotated (TCA), Title 6, Chapter 3 by the State of Tennessee House Bill No. 2866 — to permit any municipality with a mayor-aldermanic charter to hold a referendum on this issue. We began working with our state elected officials on this change to the TCA soon after we were seated in our current offices in April 2009 and on Aug. 26, we unanimously passed an ordinance allowing for the term limit referendum.

The referendum states term limits will be defined as a maximum of three terms (12 years) total with only two terms (8 years) in any one office (mayor or alderman); will not apply until terms starting at the 2014 town of Farragut election; and will not apply towards years of service when serving an appointment to an unexpired term. Prior service up to the 2014 election in either office of mayor or alderman will not count in determining the years of service. More information, including the sample ballot, term limit ordinance and state of Tennessee House Bill, is available on the Town’s Web site, www.townoffarragut.org.

We urge you to let your voice be heard! Early voting ends Thursday, Oct. 28, at the Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive, across from the Farragut Branch Post Office. Election day is Tuesday, Nov. 2, with voting from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at assigned election locations (www.knoxcounty.org/election).



Respectfully,

Mayor Ralph McGill

Vice Mayor Dot LaMarche

Alderman Jeff Elliott

Alderman Bob Markli

Alderman John Williams

 

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