Yukon begins consultations on Municipal Act changes

As Yukon lawmakers begin consultations this month on changes to the Municipal Act, at least one mayor says the act needs an update.

As Yukon lawmakers begin consultations this month on changes to the Municipal Act, at least one mayor says the act needs an update.

Dawson City Mayor John Steins said one of the changes being proposed could see municipal leaders serving longer terms, from three years to four.

"That option would result in fewer elections, reducing the administrative burden on [the Yukon government] associated with municipal elections," Steins, who is also a board member with the Association of Yukon Communities, told CBC News on Monday.

"The Association of Yukon Communities has indicated its support for [terms of] four years, [in] that it would allow more time for council members … to accomplish their goals and objectives."

The territorial government is to hold public consultations on the Muncipal Act over the next few weeks, with meetings in Watson Lake, Teslin and the Ibex Valley area next week. Yukoners have until March 28 to send online submissions and comments.

Other suggested changes to the act include having new requirements for holding referendums.