CITY COUNCIL TO REMAIN AT SIX SEATS
Johnsonville voters defeated a proposal to reduce the size of City Council from six seats to four in a referendum held Tuesday, June 25. The unofficial results show 93 residents voted “no” and only 25 voted in favor of reducing the council size.
“With the Mayor and two Councilmen not running for re-election in November, we saw this as a good time to reduce the size of council if the citizens wanted,” commented City Administrator Jim Smith.
“Also, with that many races for open seats, the election will cost the taxpayers in the City of Johnsonville over $10,000 this November,” Smith added.
In the past, there has not been a lot of interest in running for Council seats. Smith hopes citizens who strongly opposed the reduction, will step up and run for office.
The filing period will begin in August for candidates wishing to run for Johnsonville City Council or Mayor.
“The voters have spoken, and we do not see a downside either way,” Smith concluded.