Mt. Pleasant mayor wants to change town's form of government

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Mount Pleasant's mayor wants to change his town's form of government to a strong mayoral system.

The proposal was introduced at a meeting Monday morning by Mayor Billy Swails. Currently, the town has a weak mayor-strong council format.

A strong-mayor system will take some power away from  town council and give the mayor the power to preside over council. It will also give the mayor the ability to appoint and remove employees and supervise departments.

"We're at a tipping point. We're at a point where we have 70,000 people, we got a $60 million budget, we're gonna continue to grow or hope to grow," Swails said."We just need an elected person at the head that has some authority to do some things."

In order to get the strong mayor idea on the ballot this November, 15 percent of registered voters who live in Mount Pleasant would need to sign the petition.

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