Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Commission Term Limits Put on Ballot

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Commission Term Limits Put on Ballot

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NORTH PORT

NORTH PORT -- Commissioners moved forward Tuesday with plans to ask voters if they support stricter term limits for city commissioners.

Commissioners are proposing limit of two terms total on the commission. Their efforts follow a months-long legal battle that ended with a circuit judge's March ruling that North Port's city charter allows Vanessa Carusone, a former city commissioner who served from 2002 to 2010, to run for a third term because it would be nonconsecutive.

Commissioners passed a first reading of a proposed amendment to the term limit language. If the ordinance is passed a second time, it will be placed on the Nov. 8 ballot.

The charter amendment currently reads: "For all elections held after 2016, no person shall be elected to the office of a city commissioner more than twice, and no person who has held the office of a city commissioner, or acted as a city commissioner, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected city commissioner shall be elected to the office of a city commissioner more than once and may not serve more than eight years. …

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