Vail won’t put council terms on ballot
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL, Colorado – Vail’s Town Council terms, which some find a bit confusing, won’t be changed by voters this year.
The Town Council has decided not to put a question on the November ballot that would have eliminated two-year council terms.
The Town Charter currently specifies the top three finishers in Vail’s municipal elections receive four-year terms, while the fourth-highest finisher receives a two-year term. The intent is to provide for a turnover of the council majority every two years. The Colorado Constitution defines terms as four years and states that elected officials may not serve more than two consecutive four-year terms in office.
The discrepancy had resulted in the town’s request for a legal opinion which advised that town council members who are approaching term limits would be eligible to serve four-year terms if re-elected.
Also, the current charter limits council members to eight consecutive years on the council, which can cause complications if a member gets voted to a four-year term and a two-year term. Once a member hits the term limit, they must wait four years before running again.
The town’s attorney has said that only one other community in Colorado has two-year terms.
In reviewing the proposal, council members expressed mixed opinions as to whether the ballot should specify a term limit of three consecutive terms, where the elected official would serve anywhere from six to 12 years depending on election outcomes, versus two consecutive terms, where years of service would be anywhere from four to eight years.
Still, this November’s election in Vail will be an active one. Four of the seven seats on council are up for election.
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