COUNCIL chiefs this Wednesday will discuss whether the 12-month qualifying for elected members to become mayors should be removed from the Local Government Act.
The discussion, part of the Local Government Association of Tasmania's general meeting in Devonport, has been prompted by a recent act amendment that has broadened a mayoral term from two to four years.
A further amendment would mean that a newly elected member can step straight into the top job rather than having to wait to nominate for election.
Association president and West Tamar Mayor Barry Easther said the idea had merit.
"It is a little odd that we have this requirement in our act which really precludes a top businessman or professional from being a mayor," Cr Easther said.
"Quite clearly, there are people in communities with a great deal of experience in private enterprise and government and there is a good argument to say that they could be as successful mayor of a council as they have been in their professional life.
"Still, there is an argument that they might be at a disadvantage by not knowing the workings of local government."
Mayors will also discuss recommendations to the state government on reducing red tape and local government's increasing role in delivering health and safety programs in their communities.
Councils will also vote on a motion to request the state government to amend the Local Government Act to remove the ability for church- operated schools and nursing homes to receive a rates exemption afforded to land owned by not-for-profit organisations.