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Forms of Government Change Log

In July 2017, the School began recording changes in the Change Log. The Change Log will note changes made by the General Assembly, as well as changes that are made by local ordinance pursuant to G.S. 160A-101, and that have been reported to the legislative library (as required by statute).

 

5/15/2017 Franklin –Ordinance changed the style of the governing board from Board of Aldermen to Town Council.

6/6/2017 Seagrove – Board elections changed from 4 years to 4-years-staggered (4S), and mayor’s term changed from 2 years to 4 years.

6/20/2017 Biltmore Forest – Form of government changed from Mayor-Council to Council-Manager.

6/22/2017 Centerville - S.L. 2017-43 repealed the Town of Centerville’s charter. Centerville has been removed from the Forms of Government database.

6/28/2017 Raynham - S.L. 2017-58 changed the mayor’s term from 2 to 4 years, and it changed Board elections from 4-years-staggered (4S) to 4 years.

6/28/2017 Orrum - S.L. 2017-58 changed the mayor's term and the council members’ terms from 2 years to 4 years.

6/28/2017 Lincolnton - S.L. 2017-62 changed the mayor's term from 2 to 4 years.

7/1/2017 Ahoskie – Form of government changed from Council-Manager to Manager.

7/18/17 Holden Beach - Ordinance changed BOA term from 2 to 4-years-staggered (4S).

7/24/2017 Hildebran – Form of government changed from Mayor-Council to Council-Manager. 

11/20/17 Asheville - S.L. 2017-83 directed the city to amend its charter to create six single-member electoral districts. The city adopted the ordinance subject to a referendum under GS 160A-102. The ordinance was defeated in the referendum on November 7, 2017 so the redistricting did not occur.

1/8/18 2018 Cape Carteret - Ordinance changed the form of government from Mayor-Council to Council-Manager.

1/8/18 Village of Misenheimer - Ordinance changed the method of election from Primary to Plurality.

4/23/18 Aberdeen - Ordinance changed mayor term from 2 to 4 years beginning in 2021.

5/31/18 Surf City - Ordinance changed the style of the governing body from Board of Commissioners to Town Council.

6/12/18 High Point - Ordinance changed the council member terms from 2 to 4 years beginning with the 2019 municipal election.

7/23/18 Town of Atlantic Beach - Ordinance changed election method from majority to plurality

7/25/18 Town of Murphy - Ordinance changed election method from partisan to plurality. 

7/27/18 City of Thomasville - Ordinance changed the mayor term and council member terms from 2 years to 4 years.

8/17/18 Bald Head Island - Ordinance changed mayor term from 2 to 4 years beginning in 2021. Mayor elected instead of selected by the governing board. 

11/20/18 Gastonia - Ordinance changed mayor term from 2 to 4 years beginning in 2021. 

12/06/18 Carolina Shores - Ordinance changed mayor term from 4 years to two years effective at the next mayoral election.

4/09/2019 City of Lowell - Ordinance changed mayor term from 2 to 4 years and changed council terms from 2 years to 4 years-staggered (4S).

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