Council member Cris Eaton-Welsh urged the group Wednesday to join elections for Kennesaw officials and issues with the county, stating it would save Kennesaw money by eliminating special elections. She also said there would be a higher voter turnout for larger elections, bringing people to the polls who may not vote in a Kennesaw-specific election.
The belief of many on the council is that Kennesaw would get lost in the shuffle of Cobb County, state or national elections.
“If you’re doing the job you’re supposed to do, people will know who you are and vote for you,” Welsh said.
Mayor Mark Mathews said he’s open to exploring the financial aspect, but that Kennesaw issues are important and should not be overshadowed.
The shift would change term lengths to three years instead of four, aligning the council members with Cobb County elected officials.
Also at the meeting, Adam Fraley, CPA with Mauldin and Jenkins LLC, presented a clean audit finding for the city for the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 2012. The financial statements passed the inspections, and there were no problems with administration, Fraley said.
The council will consider the elections and other issues such as zoning for a home business at a meeting Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers.