HOLDING city elections every four years might save council bosses £195,000 but some voters don’t believe it is a good idea.
Gloucester city councillors will this Thursday debate the idea of changing the way city residents elect them.
Currently they are voted in by thirds every year for three years, with no election in the fourth year.
But voting for every seat once every four years could save the council £195,000 between this year and 2020.
Scott White, from Tuffley, said: “As someone who votes I prefer that the elections are on a yearly basis as more things could possibly go wrong over a longer period of time.
“If the change was made and they manage to save that amount of money then I would like to know what the savings would be spent on.”
Rosaline Browning, from Longlevens, said: “I do not vote but I think that if the elections are ever year it allows the public to stay more up to date with what is happening.
“I think it is good for them to make the savings on the other hand they would need to spend the money in the right ways for it to really have a benefit.”
Elections between now and 2020 will cost some £445,000 for the city under the current system, compared to just £250,000 under the new proposal.
If councillors agree that they want to change the system they will have to consult the public before any changes can be made.
The consultation would be started through the pages of the Citizen and would run between February 10 and March 7, with a report being produced in time for a special meeting of all councillors on March 27.
Penny Williams, democratic and services manager for the city council, said: “Since the first elections to the Council in 1973, elections have been held by thirds, with elections to Gloucestershire County Council being held in the fourth year.”
If the all-out elections are approved in March, the first election would be in May 2016 and would cost £125,000.
The review is being forced upon the council by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England. All councils across the country are undertaking the review.
Geoff Wheeler, leader of Stroud District Council, which is also undertaking a review, said: “An answer as to why the change to all-out elections hasn't been made before is that the change to the parliamentary election cycle and the introduction of elections for police commissioners means that the timing of the local elections to coincide with other elections can influence the costs over four years.
“For Stroud this could now provide considerable savings in the cost of elections.”