The City of Banning began distributing application forms Wednesday to help identify an eligible individual who will be appointed to fill the City Council vacated created when Mayor Pro Tem Bob Botts resigned earlier this month.
City Manager Andy Takata told council members Edward Miller, Art Welch, Debbie Franklin and Don Peterson a special election could cost an estimated $40,000. Franklin noted a special election could not be staged until April 2014, and the elected newcomer would then be up for re-election in November 2014.
The council then voted 4-0 Oct. 22 to amend city code relating to city council vacancies in order to conform to California Government Code Section 35612.
"The newly adopted Ordinance eliminates the thirty day window and allows the City sixty days to fill the vacancy," city spokesman Bill Manis said Wednesday in a statement. "If the vacancy is not filled within sixty days then a special election would take place."