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Keokuk Chamber of Commerce leads push to extend mayoral term length

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KEOKUK, Ia. (WGEM) -

There's a new push to double the term length for Keokuk mayor.

The Keokuk Chamber of Commerce is proposing a four year term, saying it could save the city thousands of dollars.

Chamber officials said in the last four years the city has spent $18,000 on elections and run-off elections and extending the term would cut those costs.

Officials said less time spent on re-election campaigns would give the mayor more time to spend on work for citizens.

The proposal also argues a longer term would be beneficial for regional and state involvement, giving mayors more time to finish major projects.

"From a business perspective and a community perspective we feel that it would be added stability. A two year term for mayor doesn't permit the mayor to put any major initiatives in place if he is frayed or there is some concern that he will only be in office two years," said Keokuk Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Chuck Betts.

Keokuk city council will discuss the mayoral term ordinance that would amend the city charter at its regular meeting on December 1.

The city is encouraging public opinion on the issue. The ordinance would need to be passed by a popular vote in city council.

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