No Races In Boca Raton, But A Proposed Charter Amendment Is On The Ballot

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Starting up our Election Spotlight series ahead of the March 14th municipal elections, we feature the City of Boca Raton.

There are no races on the ballot because there was no opposition for those running.

That includes Mayor Scott Singer, who wins automatic re-election. But Singer tells us about a proposed Charter amendment that Boca Raton voters will be faced with.

"The proposed amendment would keep term limits in place, which I feel strongly about...they do good things, but it would change the terms from three years to four years."

If approved, the extension would begin immediately. That means that Singer and others elected in this cycle would serve until March of 2027.

For the Mayor, he would then be termed out.

Also, council members whose current terms would expire next year, would not expire until 2025.

Singer says voters approved a move from two-year terms to three back in 2006 and this next step just makes sense.

"We are the only city in the top 25 of Florida's largest cities that has a three year term, everyone else is four years."

He says the shorter terms slow progress and deliver less accountability because council members could wind up out of office before they have a chance to make changes.

"For example our transportation funding works on a six year cycle. Well your whole career could be done if you're two terms elected."

19 of Palm Beach County's 39 municipalities will be holding elections next month.

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