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City Leaders Look At Potential Changes To Metro Council

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City Leaders Look At Potential Changes To Metro Council

CREATED May 14, 2014

by Jason Lamb

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nashville leaders got a first look at proposals to change the size of the Metro Council, and how long the elected leaders can stay in office.

Metro Council members have been limited to two four-year-terms, but two proposals considered by the Metro Charter Revision Commission would expand that to three four-year-terms.

Those behind the idea said it could take several years before a council member is comfortable with city codes, city staff members, and policies governing how the city is run, and the extra term could help develop knowledgeable council members.

Another proposal would not only expand term limits, but also reduce the number of metro council seats from 40 to 27.

Backers of that plan said fewer seats can actually make for a stronger metro council.

“They can communicate, there’s time to talk, relationships that are established -- especially if we have longer term limits -- that can better balance the power of the other two branches of government,” said Emily Evans, a Metro Council member.

The full Metro Council will eventually get a chance to vote on the proposals, and if it passes there, Nashville voters would get the final say.

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