JOHNSONVILLE, S.C. – Johnsonville residents will vote Tuesday on whether they want to see the number of seats on the council change from six to four.
According to a resolution passed by the council in April, the referendum ballot will ask: “Shall the City of Johnsonville reduce the number of Members of its City Council from a Mayor and six (6) Members of City Council to a Mayor and four (4) Members of City Council?” A “yes” or “no” answer can be selected by each voter.
Voting on the proposal will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Johnsonville High School gymnasium. The Florence County Election Commission is in charge of the election. The polling of the referendum is expected to cost the city $3,000.
City of Johnsonville attorney Charlie Ipock said the result of Tuesday’s vote will be applicable to the general election in November.
Johnsonville Mayor Steve Dukes said at a council meeting in April that the city has never had an abundance of people interested in running for council positions. He said it is getting to a point where people almost have to be begged to run.
“And you really don’t want somebody who doesn’t really want to do it anyhow,” Dukes said. “You want somebody to get out and represent the citizens.”
Jim Smith, the Johnsonville city administrator, said there might be two council members who will not seek re-election of their terms.