Arlington City Council Gives Up Fight To Include Alternative Term Limits Measure On November Ballot

Andrew Greenstein
August 20, 2018 - 7:11 am

ARLINGTON (1080 KRLD) - Arlington voters will vote on only one term limits measure in November.

During a special city council meeting last night, the Arlington City Council voted unanimously not to suspend the rules of the city charter requiring 72 hours between the two bill readings and for one of those readings to be held during a regularly scheduled meeting.

Last week, the city council voted to include an alternative term limits measure on the November ballot.

But that was after only one reading with no public comment.

Zack Maxwell, who led the petition drive that gathered enough signatures for inclusion on the ballot, filed a lawsuit, and a judge issued a temporary restraining order against the city's alternative termlimits measure.

Finding itself playing beat the clock to get in two readings with public comment before today's deadline, the city scheduled a pair of special meetings.

But after many speakers lashed out at council last night, the council voted not to suspend the city charter rules, effectively killing its alternative term limits measure.

Voters will decide whether to impose a citizen-proposed limit of three, two-year terms for the mayor and council with no chance of serving again.

The council's measure would have increased the term to three years and would have allowed a termed-out official to run again after being out of office for three years.