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Bonney Lake council considers at-large system

Post by Sara Schilling / The News Tribune on Feb. 23, 2011 at 1:38 pm with No Comments »
February 23, 2011 1:38 pm

The Bonney Lake City Council could decide as early as next week whether to move from a ward to an at-large system for council elections.

The council Tuesday night  tabled an ordinance that would have done just that, but the item will be back on the agenda next week.

Under the existing system, most council members are elected from within designated geographic boundaries, or wards. An at-large system would mean all council members would be elected in citywide votes.

Mayor Neil Johnson said it’s an important issue, and the council “wants to make sure citizens get involved” before making a decision.

City staff outlined some arguments for both systems in information provided to the council. For example, the ward system ensures all parts of the city are represented on the council, while the at-large system puts a greater focus on citywide issues, the information says.

Next week’s meeting is 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall.

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