Extending the Municipal Term of Office From Three Years to Four Years
Be it resolved that SUMA request that the term for municipal councillors in Saskatchewan be extended from three years to four years.
Response: The three-year concurrent term was one of the main recommendations of the 1980 Report of the Urban Law Review Committee, a committee composed mainly of elected officials of urban municipalities. SUMA strongly supported the concept of the three-year concurrent term. The provincial government introduced the three-year concurrent term provision in The Local Government Election Act in 1982. Five of the thirteen provinces and territories have a four-year term, six have a three-year term, rural Saskatchewan has a two-year term, while the Northwest Territories and Nunavut have a hybrid system that has three and two-year terms, depending on the size of the community. Amendments to The Local Government Election Act are planned for the fall of 2008. Amendments to provide a four-year term could be given consideration; all interested parties would be given the opportunity to present their views before any amendments are undertaken.