Kokomo’s city council is expected to hear a proposal today that would make some procedural changes in the way city ordinances are passed. The city’s code currently requires the council to have three hearings on an issue before they can take a vote. The new rule would cut that number down to two.
City Council member Cindy Sanders says the council often needs to approve projects quickly and the three hearing requirement makes that difficult.
“We do have economic development issues that come before us and it’s important that we get those passed in a timely fashion and it could cause some issues with funding,” she says.
Mayor Greg Goodnight says the city would be careful not to rush through any proposals without sufficient public input.
“If there are controversial issues or things that need more time, I know the council historically has always been willing to postpone things and have maybe just a hearing with the council between them, a public hearing or maybe even a special hearing for specific topics,” he says.
State law requires municipal governments to hold at least two hearings before voting on an issue. Because the Kokomo city council holds meetings twice a month, members say this ordinance would allow them to decide issues within a month rather than six weeks.