Voters to decide if Meridian City Council expands
Meridian residents will vote in May if they'd like to increase the number of City Council seats from four to six. The Meridian City Council unanimously decided to put the issue before voters during the February 19th City Council meeting.
Mayor Tammy de Weerd first announced the Council would consider the adding two additional seats during her State of the City address in February. Six members from the public testified before the Council encouraging them to put the issue before voters.
"I applaud the decision made by City Council," said de Weerd. "City Council's position of asking the community to decide how they'd like to be governed is a testament to the great job they do in serving Meridian. Now we will just have to wait and see what voters decide come May."
The ballot measure would need a simple majority to pass. The election will be held May 21st.
If voters decide to increase the number of Council seats, they will vote on the two new Council members this November. One candidate would be elected to a two-year term and the other a four-year term. The term lengths would ensure that every two years, half of the Council is up for election.
After the initial election with the new Council seats, all Council members would be elected to the standard four-year term.
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