Lee County Commissioners To Let Voters Decide On Term Limits
Lee County Commissioners have agreed future occupants of their position should spend no more than 12 years in the position.
They voted unanimously Tuesday to put a referendum on the November ballot that would limit commissioners to three four-year terms.
Commissioner Brian Hamman’s original proposal would have required a one-term break before someone could run again.
A majority of citizens who spoke at Tuesday’s meeting were in support of term limits.
Many voters supported eight years in order to save taxpayers money. They felt a 12-year term would significantly increase retirement benefits.
Others voters felt term limits already exist at the ballot box.
“Every election we have the opportunity to re-evaluate our representatives on this commission and other elected offices and we can either send you back to continue to your good work or put someone else in your place,” said Janet Bunch of North Fort Myers.
There was some concern expressed, however, that the referendum could be challenged on constitutional grounds.