Boston city councilors consider increasing terms to 4 years
BOSTON (AP) — City councilors in Boston are considering a proposal that would double the length of their terms to four years to place them on the same election cycle as the mayor.
The Boston Globe reports (http://bit.ly/1qquFZ9 ) the initiative would eliminate city elections that only include councilors, which cost taxpayers roughly $1.6 million but typically feature a low voter turnout.
The proposal requires approval from the state Legislature and the signature of Mayor Martin Walsh, who declined to take a position on the measure Tuesday.
Walsh’s hesitance to support the initiative coincides with many councilors stating that four-year terms would help put them more on equal footing with the mayor.
Councilor Frank Baker, who sponsored the measure, says councilors are constantly in a cycle of running for re-election with two-year terms.
Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.bostonglobe.com