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UBCM recommends keeping three-year terms

The Union of British Columbia Municipalities will tell the provincial government that they would like to keep three-year terms for mayors and city councilors, a re-vote confirmed today.

A rancorous debate and procedural wrangling split the convention yesterday with representatives of larger municipalities arguing for the increased stability four-year terms would bring and people from smaller places saying they wanted to keep serving on council from becoming a bigger commitment, discouraging people from getting involved.

Shorter terms would also make it easier for young people to get involved, several argued.

The vote went to a paper ballot this morning after concerns were raised about how a standing vote was taken yesterday. The doors had not been closed during the vote, as required by Robert's rules of order.

Oaky Bay Mayor Christopher Causton announced that 354 voted against endorsing the move to four-year terms, defeating the 280 who voted for the resolution.

"The recommendation is for a three-year term," said Causton.

Andrew MacLeod is The Tyee’s Legislative Bureau Chief in Victoria. Reach him here.

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