Meeting to consider ‘Strong Mayor’ will be Wed., Jan. 31; plus, take our Poll

The City’s Administration and Finance Committee will hold a Special Meeting this coming Wednesday, Jan. 31 to consider a ballot measure for “a vote of the people to change the form of government from Council/Mayor to Elected Mayor/Council and to set an election date.”

The meeting will begin at 5 p.m.

Currently, the City has a City Council/City Manager arrangement, similar to Burien, Des Moines and Normandy Park. Nearby cities with a ‘Strong Mayor’ form include Renton, Kent and Tukwila.

This topic was forwarded to the Committee at the Jan. 23 City Council Meeting, with a request for a recommendation at the Feb. 13 Council meeting.

We’re curious to see what our Readers think – please take our Poll below:

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2 Responses to “Meeting to consider ‘Strong Mayor’ will be Wed., Jan. 31; plus, take our Poll”
  1. Vicki Lockwood says:

    This is a MAJOR decision that should not be rushed. Before deciding whether to change our form of government, there needs to be a prolonged education period so that the voters understand what they are voting on. The artificial rush is an underhanded technique to push for a change based on self-serving and misleading 30-second souond bites. In addition, if the citizens want such a change, it should be put on the ballot via a citizen initiative and not imposed by a vote of 4 individuals. It will be extremely expensive for this issue to appear on the April 2018 ballot. If it’s a good idea today, then it will be a good idea later after the citizens can be informed properly. The citizens should not be forced to pay for a rushed special election this April when it could be placed on the ballot when a regular election will be occuring for very little additional cost at that time..

  2. Iris Guzman says:

    Can we get more information as to what a “strong mayor” is? I would like to know before a vote happens.