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O’Fallon proposes term-limit amendments for April 7 election

Bill No. 7167 sponsored by Mayor Bill Hennessy proposes various amendments to the O’Fallon City Charter and submission of the same to voters in the April 7, 2020, municipal election.

The bill was given a first reading at the City Council meeting on Dec. 12. If the typical process is followed, the bill will be given a second reading and vote on passage at the council meeting on Jan. 9. For the amendments to be on the April 7 ballot, this bill must be passed with enough time to have the ballot language certified by no later than Jan. 28.

The most significant proposed amendments are for term limits, including:

City Council Members [elected for a 3-year term]

“No one shall be elected to a fifth consecutive term on the City Council. In applying this limitation on consecutive terms on Council, service resulting from appointment to fill a vacancy and service resulting from an election prior to April 7, 2020, shall not be counted.”

Mayor [elected for a 4-year term]

“No one shall be elected to a fourth consecutive term as Mayor. In applying this limitation on consecutive terms as Mayor, service resulting from appointment to fill a vacancy and service resulting from an election prior to April 7, 2020, shall not be counted.”

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