AMITE — Voters in Tangipahoa Parish will likely be given the opportunity to decide whether the parish president and council members should be limited to three consecutive four-year terms.
After bouncing the matter back and forth at its last four meetings, the Tangipahoa Parish Council on Monday introduced and set for public hearing an ordinance that, if approved at the May 25 meeting, would place the term-limit issue before the voters on Oct. 24.
The measure passed on a split 7-3 vote with Trent Forrest, Greg Varnado, Carlo Bruno, Nicky Muscarello, Ronnie Bankston, David Vial and Harry Lavine voting in favor. Casting “no” votes were Louis Joseph, Lionel Wells and Bobby Cortez.
The latest version of the proposal would require that voters decide on a single ballot whether or not the parish president and council members should be limited to the three terms.
Other proposals would have separated the parish president limit proposal from the Parish Council limit proposal.
Last year, a Charter Review Commission established by the Parish Council had proposed that term limits be instituted with voter approval. At the time, the council voted not to endorse the commission’s recommendation.
But Muscarello brought the idea back before the council on March 27. He said voters should be given a chance to make that decision.