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Voters to Decide Livermore's Election Cycle

Livermore City Council unanimously approved a November ballot initiative that will ask voters to change city's election cycle to an even-year format — a switch that would help the city save money.

OK, Livermore voters.

The decision will be in your hands on whether to change the city's election cycle to an even-year format to help the city save money.

The San Jose Mercury News reports city council members on Monday unanimously approved a ballot initiative that will ask voters in November to change the city's election cycle and ditch the longstanding odd-year format.

The change would help the city save $250,000 per election cycle, according to the report.

Further details from the San Jose Mercury News report:

Voters will be posed two questions on Nov. 6, the first is whether they approve the switch and add an extra year to the current term of council members and the mayor. The second question will be, if voters do not approve an immediate change when an appropriate time would be to make the switch.

The non-immediate scenario would cost $750,000 total for the transition elections and the $250,000 savings wouldn't be realized until the 2018 election cycle.

View the full article on the San Jose Mercury News website.

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Grandma7 August 29, 2012 at 03:17 PM
JoAnne Please come to the meeting, tonight. 7PM Round Table by Trader Joes.
Laureen Turner October 08, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Livermore resident, my view on the off year election cycle is uncertain to be honest which is why I wanted it put to the voters. The opportunity to save a large amount of money is certainly attractive. However, I would hate to see local issues get lost in issues of a national election. Additionally, as to wether or not to extend terms, I spoke out for putting this to the voters. This is why we have two issues on the ballot. Yes it makes it more confusion, but I want the voters to have a choice. As far as the regional theater, the current council has yet to make any action on the issue. As the RDA unwinds, the issue may come before the council. I wish the timing had been right to put it to the voters this November but at this present time, there are no decisions for the council to make on this matter. If the matter comes before the council, I stand where I did throughout the election. I personally feel the theater will be an asset to Livermore and will solidify our economy. HOWEVER, I do not support the tax payer paying for it without their consent. I apologize for not getting to you soon, I have not been reading Patch with the regularity I used to do to a career change. If you have any burning questions for me, feel free to email me directly leturner@cityoflivermore.net
JoAnne October 08, 2012 at 07:38 PM
It is disappointing that an issue that can save the city $250,000 in 2018 is being pushed as a budget saver that will enhance parks, etc. But an agreement made 11 years ago in different economic times and with a financial structure, the RDA, that no longer exist continues to be supported by the council and mayor even though this expense is 90 million and has additional cost with traffic impact, etc. Personal feelings about the theater are not what are needed, but a critical evaluation of the city's current economic situation, recognition of changing in funding, and letting the citizens of Livermore vote their "feelings" about this expense.
Livermore resident October 09, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Thanks for your answer. So you are saying that we have two choices to make in November? One: to decide whether we switch odd to even (or reverse) the Livermore elections? Two: whether the current terms should be extended? I must miss-understand the second point, as I do not see how you can get point one to pass without extending the current terms.

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