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Term limits on the Newcomb ballot

— Term limits for three elected town positions may get bumped up from two years to four if a ballot measure passes this election day.

Newcomb's tax collector, town clerk and highway superintendent are on two-year term cycles, while other elected positions like town council have the longer, four-year term.

Town Supervisor George Canon's office also has a two-year term, but his spot won't be on the ballot for an extended tenure.

His offices got the request for longer terms from the two-year officials.

“Some would say that two years is not enough to learn the job. Four years is reasonable,” Canon said.

Town Clerk Mary Pound agreed.

“You're just beginning to get the hang of it, and you have to start campaigning again,” she said.

Pound has held the clerk's office since 2000, and though she has no competition on the ballot this year, future clerks will have a gentler learning curve, she said.

Whoever follows in Pound's footsteps would have more time to learn their job well and make an impression as a town official before their name goes back on the ballot, she said.

Other elected positions in Newcomb, including town councilmen, have four-year terms. This measure would give the three positions a calmer period during their terms where they wouldn't have to prepare for elections.

If approved, the measure won't take effect until 2013, so those on the ballot this season will be on the shorter term cycle. 

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