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On the April 2, 2019 Ballot the following amendment will be presented to Lake Wales voters for consideration:
Increased terms of office for the mayor and commission members from two years to three years.
Proposing that the terms of office for the mayor and commission members be increased from two years to three years, beginning with the mayor with the 2019 municipal election; commission seats three and five with the 2020 municipal election; and for commission seats two and four with the 2021 municipal election.
Ballot Question: Shall the above described Amendment be adopted?
The City Commission placed this Charter Amendment on the ballot providing for three year terms for the following reasons for voters to consider:
Three year terms allow a Commissioner more time to learn about how the government of the City of Lake Wales functions which will better inform voting decisions regarding goals and policies of the City and its citizens.
Three year terms provide for more stability in city government. A majority of the five-person commission will no longer be up for election in any one election year. A new majority could still be brought to office, but it would occur over 2 elections, thereby giving the electorate a better opportunity to evaluate drastic change.
Three years allow a Commissioner to go through the entire budget cycle, planning it, implementing it, and its audit. This will allow voters a better opportunity to gauge whether or not a Commissioner is effective and/or shares the same goals.