Term Limits Issue to Appear on the May Ballot in Big Spring

by Mike Henry
KBYG - Special to NewsWest 9

BIG SPRING - The issue of term limits for Big Spring City Council members will appear on the May 14 ballot for voter approval after the City Council voted unanimously Monday night to approve the petition put forth by a local group.

The petition was turned in last week and the city secretary's office spent much of last week validating over 700 signatures.  The petition needed 511 names and 583 were validated, according to City Secretary Peggy Walker.  Because the petition was validated, the City Council is bound to perform their statutory duty and place the item on the ballot.

But there seems to be some confusion on the way the petition was worded regarding term limits.  While the intent of the petition organizers was to call for a two term limit for City Council members, one interpretation of the wording is that it allows for a City Council representative to only serve one term, and then must wait out two terms (6 years) before being able to run and serve again.
Peggy Walker tells KBYG News that the City Attorney's Office will issue an opinion on the language sometime on Tuesday. But regardless that office's opinion, the item must appear on the may 14 ballot for Big Spring voters to decide upon.
The special City Council meeting Monday lasted less than 10 minutes with very little discussion on the issue.