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Term limits on tonight's city council agenda

January 11, 2011

Proposed term limits for city council members and mayors tops the agenda for today's meeting of the Big Spring City Council, scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at the Council Chambers on East Fourth Street.

If adopted by Big Spring voters, the change would limit council members and mayors to no more than two three-year terms — or six years in office — before being required to sit out one three-year term to be eligible to run again. First reading of the ballot language squeaked by the council on a 4-3 vote in December.

The issue was brought before the council shortly after newly elected Mayor Tommy Duncan was seated. The motion to approve first reading of the ballot language that is expected to be used during municipal elections in May was made by Councilman Craig Olson — also newly elected — with the second coming from Duncan.

Council members Manuel Ramirez Jr. (District 2), Joann Staulcup (District 3) and Gloria McDonald (District 4) voted against sending the matter to the voters, while Duncan, Olson, Terry Hansen and Councilwoman Stephanie Horton (District 1) voted to send it to an election.

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