Proposed changes to EBR Metro Council and Mayor-President’s term limit

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“Is this three minutes for a whole four chapters? Three minutes. Woah, I’ll go fast okay.”

Taking public comments about a proposed change to Government, East Baton Rouge residents said, the four chapters presented was simply too much, too little.

“That document that was presented to the metro council is lacking in an explanation as to how the change will make for a better East Baton Rouge” said Pennie Landry.

Among proposed changes, altering the makeup of the Metro Council. It calls for 10 members representing single districts and creating two At-Large seats. Leaving some wanting to know what will happen.

“The line will be redrawn to encompass the two districts that will be cut out so those districts will be expanding. So, you will still have 10 council districts covered by council members and two at large seats that will cover the entire parish” said District 6 Metro Councilwoman, Donna Collins-Lewis.

Other changes include, changing the term limits for both Metro Council members and the Mayor-President.

“Because we thought about the Executive branches of Government and we made that recommendation to reduce the term of mayor president from 3 years to 2. You heard one of my colleagues say tonight, if the Mayor’s term is reduced, maybe the council terms should also be reduced” said Collins-Lewis.

While residents will have time to sort through the many proposed changes. Pennie Landry said, she’s worried about how it could affect the taxpayers.

“My biggest concerns of course is the number of positions that we would be creating if this is adopted and we already have a very bloated payroll.”

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