FAIRFIELD — The city is one step closer to eliminating odd-year elections.
Fairfield City Council members will hear the item for the second time Tuesday after directing staff last month to move forward with the process of moving the elections. Staff recommends approval of the item.
Moving the elections to even years comes at the urging of Solano County. Supervisors Jim Spering and John Vasquez talked to the council at its Feb. 19 meeting about increasing voter turnout as well as cost savings.
Changing the election years would mean all incumbents would have their terms extended one year.
Elections were moved to odd years in 1985 and first took place in 1987. The council at the time amended an ordinance to do so. The council Tuesday must do the same thing and send it to the Solano County Board of Supervisors for final approval.
If the change is approved, Fairfield must send a mailer to each registered voter, which is estimated to cost around $22,000.
Those in the Fairfield-Suisun School District will watch the vote by the council closely. The district’s governing board will consider a similar move two nights later. School board trustees discussed the item Thursday and have to make a decision by March 9 to affect upcoming elections, because of state time lines.
The cost savings from elections would increase if all entities in the county switched to even years. School district Superintendent Jacki Cottingim-Dias told trustees that if they were to change as well, they may be able to split the cost of mailers for the Fairfield voters by sending one notice.
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