AN ACT TO REVISE THE CHARTER FOR THE CITY OF ASHEVILLE TO PROVIDE FOR THE ELECTION OF CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS FROM DISTRICTS AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE CREATION OF THOSE DISTRICTS AND TO PROVIDE FOR EVEN-YEAR MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS.
Senate amendment makes the following changes to 1st edition. Amends title as indicated.
Amends SL 1931-121, the Charter of the City of Asheville, Section 6, requiring elections for mayor and councilmembers to be held on a nonpartisan basis at the time of the primary election in 2020 and biennially thereafter, according to the provisions of GS Chapter 163A, Subchapter III. Requires that there be no reference to the party affiliation. Directs the county board of elections under the direction of the Bipartisan State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement to make the necessary provisions for these elections. Sets the term of the mayor and councilmembers to begin at the first regular meeting of the city council in December of even-numbered years. Requires the terms of the six councilmembers to be staggered, such that in the election of 2020, the councilmembers from District 1, District 2, and the City at-large will serve four-year terms. The other three terms will begin in the election of 2022. Sets all terms of office for councilmembers to run for four years beginning in the 2020 election. Sets a five-year term of the mayor elected in 2017, and four-year terms starting with the 2022 election. Requires that no regular election be conducted in the City of Asheville in 2019. Extends the terms of the councilmembers elected in 2015 to 2020. Extends the terms of the mayor and councilmembers elected in 2017 to 2022.