Town Council considers changing election date

August 12, 2004|by SCOTT BUTKI

HANCOCK - For the second time in less than a year, the Hancock Town Council is considering changing the date of its elections.

In April the council voted unanimously to hold town elections in April instead of in January. The council took the vote in the hope that more people would get out to vote in nicer weather.

In order to make the change, the town would have to change its charter, but that has not been done.

At Wednesday's meeting, Councilman Randy Pittman made a motion to change the election date again, back to January.

"I like the way it was," Pittman said.

Councilman Greg Yost asked that the matter be tabled for one month to provide time to obtain citizen input on the matter.


The council agreed to Yost's request.

Pittman said he was concerned about whether council members could run for election and put together the annual budget at the same time.

He said he also questioned whether new council members, if elected, would have enough experience to work on the budget.

Pittman said that although he voted to move the elections to April, he had concerns then - as he does now - about the timing of the election in relation to the budget.

The Town Council typically begins work on its budget in the spring, so it is approved and ready to be in place for the new fiscal year, which begins on July 1.

Councilman Darwin Mills criticized Pittman for going against something for which he previously voted.

Pittman said just because he has a different opinion does not make him wrong.

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