Proposed plan would increase Columbus City Council to nine members

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – There will be a charter amendment on the May 2018 ballot that if it passes, would increase the size of Columbus City Council to nine.

The proposal comes after a review by the Charter Review Committee, that started looking at issues raised by residents.

The committee began their review in September 2016.

The proposal also includes the following changes: city council members being at-large to at-large by place, there will have to be one public hearing held by the city council before someone is appointed to a council vacancy, and there would be an extension from 30 to 45 days to fill a vacant seat.

At-large by place means candidates who live in the same district would run against each other for that seat.

If this passes, the changes would take place in 2023.

The recommendations made by the committee can be read here.