Every ten years the City of Stuart has a citizen review board that goes section by section through Stuart’s Charter. Once the eleven person citizen board completes its review the commission is presented with their recommendations and ultimately votes as to what should be placed on the ballot for voter approval by Stuart residents.
What does this do? If approved this charter change sets term limits for commissioners. It also changes the term from two (2) years to four (4) years meaning an elected commissioner could serve a maximum of three (3) terms at four (4) years each. Currently there are no term limits for commissioners and they serve a two (2) year term. There are very few municipalities that have two (2) year terms. Most are four (4) year terms, this helps with aligning elections with major election cycles and not having to pay for elections on off year election cycles.
What does this mean? If approved this charter amendment will require city commissioners to step down (resign) before running for another elected office. The charter review board felt a conflict could exist while serving as a commissioner and seeking voters for another office. The board wanted to make sure the interest of Stuart citizens were heard and not influenced by an election process unrelated to Stuart.