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I will be unavailable, for personal reasons to attend the Tuesday October 23 Village of Niles Board meeting. I would like to make my position clear on the very important issue of term limits. As you know I not only signed the petition but also voted in favor of term limits in 2010 when the issue first came up. I have two clearly separate concerns with the recent proposed referendum.
Earlier: Board will discuss term limits on Oct. 23
I support term limits as follows: trustees limited to four terms or 16 years. mayor limited to three terms or 12 years.
My reasoning is a newly elected mayor can take office and have available hold over trustees to work with and bring the new mayor up on all current ongoing issues. I believe it would make for a more effective transition and be in the best interest of our community.
I strongly do not support a referendum that would eliminate the rights of people who currently serve our community to be re-elected. The referendum results should be effective upon passage and the term limits should begin as of the day of adoption and not retroactive to any person’s time serving prior to this referendum. If the citizens want elected officials out for reasons of serving too long, there is a process in place called “your right to vote” available to all until the outcome of the referendum. Exercise that right.
Trustee Joe LoVerde