CouncilNext50 was formed by a few committed neighborhood activists, political leaders and business owners with the goal of making the Metro Council smarter. Since the imposition of term limits in 1994, the average length of service in the Metro Council has shrunk from 10.68 years at the end of the 1995 term to a little over 6 1/2 years at the end of the 2015 term. On August 30, 2015, 24 Metro Council members will be ineligible to run for Metro Council. A full 60%, including all five at-large members will leave the council.
Efforts to increase or repeal the term limit have failed each time the question has been put to the voters. We believe that the voters have refused to agree to a change in term limits because they - rightfully in our view - think the Metro Council is too large. In fact, the Metro Council is the third largest City Council in America after the much larger cities of Chicago and New York. So, we are proposing a compromise. Our Smarter Council initiative asks voters to approve an increase in term limits from two to three while at the same time reducing the council membership from 40 to 27.
If you have a neighborhood, business, social or civic group that would like to hear our presentation, please contact Margo at CouncilNext50@gmail.com.