More Power to the Mayor?

By: Blaine Tolison Email
By: Blaine Tolison Email

Currently the city's mayor, called a leadership mayor, acts as a figurehead with the same powers as a city commissioner. A Charter Review Committee listened to ideas on whether Tallahassee should have a "strong mayor"--which is a mayor with more decision-making power.

The Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce and Commissioner Andrew Gillum both support a "strong mayor" government. "I do think we're approaching a place where a strong mayor who has the ability to propose an agenda, to act on that agenda and to be held accountable for that agenda." said Gillum.

The Charter Review Committee says it will meet again in a few weeks to discuss and possibly vote on the issue. However, some committee board members say they like how commissioners are able to bring different perspectives to the table and they fear a "strong mayor" would take that way.

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  • by Yes Finally Location: Tally on Mar 19, 2009 at 06:06 PM
    Fight the power, let's even the odds. Too long we have been oppressed, I have a dream, and I dream of unlimited power to change us. Finally we can be more like our sister city of Quincy. A true DemocrAcy of majority rule.
  • by me Location: here on Mar 17, 2009 at 05:52 AM
    Maybe Gillium plans on running for mayor and is setting himself up for futre POWER!! Considering the "agendas" we are currently seeing in our fed govt, why would we want that in our own back yard? Politicians are proving every day they are above the law and the idea of being held "accountable" is bullcrap and just makes me laugh...Our tax cheats in Washington weren't held accountable and one of them is now running the IRS!!!The strong mayor idea is in itself an agenda. Sadly, there will be a support base behind this because that base will eventually receive "special" benefits from this happening.
  • by dustin Location: leon on Mar 17, 2009 at 04:54 AM
    NOOOOOOOO! no more power. Let the commision stay open.
  • by rosy on Mar 17, 2009 at 04:35 AM
    NO, absolute No WAY! Marks doesn't need to run the show. And, I wonder why Gilliam is so hot for this???? To benefit him as well?? No, please God, no way that's my vote.
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