Charter amendments fail

by Laura Bednar

Both proposed amendments to the city’s charter regarding the mayor’s term length and amount of money the city can spend without public bidding, failed on the Nov. 8 ballot.

The first amendment would have increased the number of consecutive terms a mayor can serve from two to three. Each term is for four years. The change was voted down with 63.14% of voters against and 36.86% in favor, according to unofficial election results from the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.

The second amendment would have permitted the city to spend up to $25,000 without a formal public bidding process. This issue was voted down with 58.38% voting against and 41.62% in favor. Currently, the finance director and mayor can approve purchases up to $15,000 without public bidding or city council approval