City council members want longer terms, higher pay
Dec. 15, 2017
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Several members of a North Carolina city council are advocating for longer terms or higher pay.
The Charlotte Observer reports new at-large Charlotte City Council member Braxton Winston brought up the issue at Monday's meeting, arguing that two-year terms leave council members less time to serve as they focus on running for re-election.
Winston recommended staggering election years between district races and citywide races.
Other council members supported increasing pay, saying they spent more than 40 hours a week on the job, despite the position's part-time status.
At-large member Julie Eiselt says that, of 20 peer cities, only Boston and Raleigh have two-year terms.
In 2010, a citizens advisory panel studying term lengths voted to keep two-year terms, and in 2015, voters rejected Mecklenburg County commissioners' bid for four-year terms.
Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com