Opinion

Seeing both sides of: four-year council terms

The case for

Three-year terms are funny beasts. You spend the first year learning the ropes and the players, the second trying to implement changes and the third putting things on hold because there is an election taking place.

Four-year terms would allow for much greater consistency, much more actual governing to take place.

And isn’t good governance what we elect them for?

 

The case against

Four years may make sense to those glass-half-full folks.

The rest of us have a bigger concern: what happens if we elect a bunch of duds?

How do we protect ourselves from the amount of damage they can wreak during a longer term in office.

No four-year term should be acceptable without a mechanism in place that allows for recall.

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