The City Council is set to vote on first reading next Tuesday night on an ordinance changing the date of city elections from March to August.
Councilwoman Deborah Scott said that would reduce election costs by combining the vote with the county general election. She said only Collegedale still has March voting.
Ms. Scott also said there is generally better weather in August than in March, which she said should help with the turnout.
Here is the style of the ordinance:
An ordinance to amend the Charter of the City of Chattanooga, and all acts,
ordinances, and other charter provisions amendatory thereof, pursuant to the
provisions of Article XI, Section 9, of the Constitution of the State of Tennessee
(Home Rule Amendment) so as to change the dates of election for Mayor and
City Council members and the term for the first Mayor and City Council
members elected following the change in election dates.