Eliminating term limits for Toledo Mayor and Council being discussed

Early discussions are happening and this may eventually end up on the ballot
No more term limits for Toledo Mayor and Council?
Published: Apr. 21, 2022 at 7:43 PM EDT
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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Toledo voters might one day soon have the chance to eliminate term limits for the Mayor and City Council.

Early discussions are happening now and this may eventually end up on the ballot. It turns out Toledo is one of the few large Ohio cities with term limits.

Cleveland, Columbus and Dayton do not have term limits of their Mayors or City Councils. Voters may decide whether Toledo joins that group.

Toledo’s current Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz is supposed to be in his last term. But will the Toledo city charter be changed to allow possibly him and future mayors to have more than two consecutive terms?

“I’m not sure it’s great for us. I’ve got an open mind on it. I’ve had a couple people ask me to bring it forward and I did,” said Mike Beazley, a member of the Charter Revision Committee.

Beazley is part of Toledo’s Charter Revision Committee. It’s making recommendation for things like ballot petition requirements and the limit of purchases that have to be approved by city council from $10,000 to $25,000.

Thursday the committee had its first discussion about maybe eliminating term limits of Toledo’s Mayor and City Council.

“You don’t have it in your county elected officials here in Ohio. You don’t have it in your school boards in Ohio. It is a relatively rarer to have it then not. That’s just the way it’s gone. The question is it is good or bad,” said Beazley.

“We don’t want to make any knee jerk reaction and vote after discussing it for only a few minutes. This committee is engaged and dedicated,” said Peggy Sturgeon, the Charter Revision Committee chairwoman.

Having no term limits means voters have the ultimate say when someone leaves office and could promote stability. Having term limits means new voices, new faces more often. This committee will probably discuss all that in its next meeting.

If eliminating term limits is recommended by the board, city council then would need to create legislation for voters to decide. Only voters can change city charter.

“I think it’s a hard issue to grapple with. I think there are moments when we are all glad we have term limits and other times we wish we didn’t” said Beazley.

The board will meet again in May.

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