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Boston city councilors consider increasing terms to 4 years

April 6, 2016

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