BELTON — For the second year in a row there will not be an election to decide who will serve on the City Council.

The council voted unanimously Tuesday to cancel the upcoming May 6 election.

“Under the provisions of state law, cities can avoid the expense of conducting an election when all candidates are unopposed,” City Clerk Amy Casey said in a staff report.

There are four open seats on the council this year. Four candidates filed to run: Mayor pro tem David K. Leigh, Councilmen Craig Pearson and Dan Kirkley, and financial advisor John Holmes.

They will take their oaths of office during the regular meeting May 9.

Councilwoman Jerri Gauntt is the lone incumbent who decided not to seek re-election. She said she wanted to spend more time with her family and that two terms were enough for her.

The election would have cost Belton $5,650, all of which had already been budgeted in the 2017 fiscal year budget. The money will be rolled back into the general fund.

The most recent contested council election was in 2015 when Leigh, Pearson, Kirkley and Gauntt faced two challengers, who both lost.

Elections are staggered among the council members and occur every year thanks to their two-year terms. Next year, should there be an election, the mayor and two council seats will be on the ballot.

There are no term limits for council members.

Mayor Marion Grayson pointed out while reading the consent agenda — which is where the cancellation ordinance was placed — that Casey was smiling from ear to ear because the mayor does not have to run an election this year.

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