Mt Pleasant considers shuffling more power to the mayor

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Mt Pleasant Mayor

Mt Pleasant, SC Tonight the Town of Mt Pleasant will discuss who should be in charge of town operations. 

The agenda item for the consideration to change the form of government to MayorCouncil was requested by Councilman Bustos.  

Councilman Bustos tells News 2 this issue is being addressed as a matter of practicality

The town currently doesn’t have a full-time mayor. With the size of Mt Pleasant, Bustos believes the town needs a full time mayor similar to Charleston and North Charleston. 

The discussion tonight is in hopes that in the next election in November, the voters in Mt Pleasant can decide if to change the power structure in the community, Bustos said

You can never go wrong asking the voters, Bustos told News 2. 

No vote expected by the council Tuesday during the discussion

Bustos doesn’t believe any changes would take effect until 2021, if the power shuffle passes at all.

The current form of government is a council-mayor form of government. With this set-up, the mayor is one of the nine members of council with one vote like all council members.  The mayor is essentially the chairman of the council.  

In the mayor-council form of government, the mayor has more power in running a community. That mayor would hire and fire department heads; run town operations full-time, but still holds one vote on council

Right now the town employs an administrator who currently handles daily town business.  

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