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Benicia Could Move Election Date to 2014, Extending Council Terms

Moving the 2013 election to 2014 would save money and could increase voter turnout, according to city staff.

Benicia residents are scheduled to vote for two new city council members this fall, but officials could move that date back a year.

In hopes of saving money and increasing voter turnout, the Benicia City Council could move the city elections from odd years to even years. The council will discuss the issue at its Tuesday meeting.

The city saves money when it shares an election with other government bodies in the county, according to a staff report. There would be a one-time cost of about $8,500 associated with the change, because the city would have to notify every voter.

Moving the election from November 2013 to November 2014 would extend the term of two sitting council members by a year; Council Members Alan Schwartzman and Mark Hughes plan to run for re-election, Patch reported in December.

The council could also wait until after the November 2013 election and then time the change so that it shortens some council members' terms by a year.

Any potential changes would have to be approved by the Solano County Board of Supervisors, according to the staff report.

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Benicia City Council meeting
7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 5
250 E. L St.

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area man February 01, 2013 at 04:00 PM
...But what did daddy raise?
"The Black Panther of Poetry" February 01, 2013 at 08:30 PM
"You suckers can sell out all you want to...... Me, I'm a stay SHORT AND FUNKY!!!
Babaloo February 01, 2013 at 09:19 PM
Our own p dippy . Is " short and funky ? " .. Does that mean ?
rob pearson February 02, 2013 at 08:57 PM
Let me get this straight. The council and mayor can vote to change when we vote and the citizens have nothing to say about it? These supposed representatives of the people are a joke. First we have the solar boondoggle,then the 1mm sidewalks, and the sewer scam rip off. Now we have this coming along where all the city officers get extended-even the wasted post of treasurer. What is to keep them from extending their terms to 4 years and having elections only when there is a presidential election? I once called the people of Benicia the willing being led by the uncaring. Now it appears that the people don't care what happens to them as long as they have a roof over their heads. i am seriously concerned about citizens that watch big brother take over more than they already have. What is that old saying about reaping what we sow?
rob pearson February 02, 2013 at 08:59 PM
Oh And Bobbye you are not funky nor can i recall when you ever were. However,you will always be short and we are now stuck with the sad times ahead brought on by your brainless brother in the top spot.

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