TD Council To Send Charter Changes To Voters

The Dalles City Council decided to send proposed changes to the municipal charter to voters in May.  Most significant of the changes would be to increase the Mayor’s term from two years to four, and eliminate zones for Council positions and make them all at-large.  Councilor Rod Runyon said the charter committee that worked on the revisions felt the mayoral term needed to be extended because of how the budget process works, noting by the time a mayor gets to a second budget cycle, they are already at the end of the term.  Mayor Rich Mays emphasized he did not take part in the committee deliberations on the charter, but added he concurred with that view.  After a suggestion for the public for term limits, Runyon noted they had minor discussions about that topic, but did not include it in the revisions.  The charter changes will be on the May 19 ballot.

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