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Dave Ramsey
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Posted: Wednesday, 06 August 2014 4:30PM

Muhammad: Serious Legal Concerns

City Commissioner Marcus Muhammad claims a recently passed resolution to change the City of Benton Harbor's Charter is illegal. The proposal would nullify the four year terms of all current commissioners, shrink the size of the governing body from nine down to five, and do away with Ward Commissioners.



Former Emergency Manger Joseph Harris had a similar proposal placed on the ballot in 2011, but voters turned it down. That proposal called for all commissioners up for reelection not be able to run. While those sitting would all become at large.



Muhammad says public hearings also took place three years ago, which never happened before this week's vote. Berrien County Treasurer Bret Wikowski, who’s also on the Receivership Transition Advisory Board, believes terms of all elected officials cannot be shortened. They can stay the same or be lengthened.



Muhammad hopes Witkowski and the board will follow the law. He says any further action will only cause "serious legal problems." The R-TAB's next scheduled meeting is Wednesday, August 27.

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