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Proposal to change Kalamazoo Commissioner terms on fall ballot

City Commission debates ballot issues Monday night.
City Commission debates ballot issues Monday night.

KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- Kalamazoo City Commissioners have approved 5 ballot questions that would change how they are elected, extending their terms to four years and electing the mayor separately.

Currently all commissioners run every two years and the top vote getter becomes mayor.

Vice-Mayor David Anderson says he won’t be endorsing the changes, he doesn’t think they are an improvement and may make things worse.

But Mayor Bobby Hopewell says they are dealing with tougher long term issues these days and commissioners need more time between elections to work on them.

Because it’s a change in the City Charter, the five questions will appear on the November ballot.