[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Canastota 10-18-2004 by L.L. No. 1-2004. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Board of the Village of Canastota has determined that it is cost-effective and desirable to the residents of the Village that the terms of its elected officials be four years. Village elections over the last 10 or more years have had little or no contest and incumbents have been unopposed. At the same time, the expense of holding annual elections has been increasing. The cost of annual elections, where there has been no contest, is deemed to be a needless expenditure of taxpayer money.
Pursuant to Village Law § 3-302(5)(a), except as stated in § 3-4 hereof, the terms of office for the Mayor and Trustees of the Village of Canastota elected hereafter shall be four years.
Except for Trustees and the Mayor whose terms expire in 2005, pursuant to Village Law § 3-302(7)(a), Village general elections shall be conducted biennially in even-numbered years hereafter.
Pursuant to Village Law § 3-302(7)(b), the initial terms of Trustees and the Mayor whose terms expire in 2005 shall be for three years, but their successors shall thereafter be elected for terms of four years.
Pursuant to Village Law § 3-302(5)(a) and (7)(a), this chapter is subject to permissive referendum.