Saginaw city council changes election years - WNEM TV 5

Saginaw city council changes election years

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By Colette Boyd

The Saginaw City Council voted six to two in favor of changing elections from odd years to even years at a meeting Wednesday night. Right now, state and federal elections are on even years, and Saginaw City Council elections happen on odd years.

After this change, the city council will now hold elections during the same years as state and federal elections starting in 2016.

Saginaw leaders say this will save the city nearly $40,000 a year. That's how much it costs each time the city puts on an election.

Saginaw Mayor Greg Branch hopes this change will get more people to the polls. "We're taking advantage of the fact that during even year, elections almost always have bigger turnout. People are a little bit more politically engaged," said Branch.

The mayor says the money the city saves will be put in the general fund.

Saginaw City Council also passed an ordinance that allows residents to get a one-time permit for outdoor and open burning with the city.

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