MATTHEWS – The possibility of switching to four-year staggered terms for the mayor and board of commissioners in Matthews got no traction after the matter was discussed Feb. 23 at the board’s annual planning conference.
The presentation to the board of commissioners said four-year terms would allow commissioners to become more accustomed to their new roles and have time to settle in in a town with a $22 million budget that also has capital and operational projects underway at any given time. Pineville has gone to four-year staggered terms while a similar proposal was shot down by the Charlotte City Council recently.
“Staggered terms, we talk about this periodically,” Matthews Town Manager Hazen Blodgett told the board. “These things (town issues) take time to learn. We don’t have a lot of turnover but four-year staggered terms helps with that. There is a benefit that new folks can learn from veterans.’’
Mayor Paul Bailey said the current system of having elections every two years for mayor and board members is one that needs to be kept.
“I am absolutely against four-year terms,” Bailey said. “I do not believe it is necessary to be concerned about changing boards.”
After discussing the matter, commissioners decided no action would be taken on switching to four-year terms.