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Council elections to shift
Must stagger terms
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Forsyth County News
Victory in the November 2011 election may not mean a four-year term for all members of the Cumming City Council.

Next month, the council plans to approve a change to the term schedule for city elected officials in order to comply with Georgia mandates.

Under new state guidelines, municipal elected officials must have staggered terms, meaning council members will be elected during alternating elections.

The council does not currently have staggered terms. All members will be up for re-election in November 2011.

Under the proposal, however, winners of the November 2011 mayoral race and council posts 1 and 2 would serve full, four-year terms.

However those who secured council posts 3, 4 and 5 would serve only a two-year term before facing re-election again in November 2013.

The winners of the 2013 races would then serve four-year terms.

Also during Tuesday night’s meeting, the council approved a rebate for water customers willing to replace their older toilets for more water-efficient models.

Jon Heard, director of the city’s utilities department, said the effort is aimed at encouraging water conservation.

Homes built before 1990 typically have toilets using multiple gallons per flush, Heard said.

Thanks to the rebate, customers who purchase a 1.6 gallon-per-flush toilet will receive a $50 credit on their water bill.

Those who purchase a 1.28 gallon-per-flush toilet will receive a $100 credit.

The rebate is good for up to two toilets per household, Heard said.