Published: Jun 03, 2014 11:30 AM EDT
Updated: Jun 03, 2014 6:56 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Lee County voters in November will decide whether to impose 12-year term limits on commissioners. The current county board today approved a referendum for the ballot, on whether to limit service to 12 consecutive years.

Several people spoke at a hearing in favor of term limits, some even suggesting eight years. A few spoke against.

Commissioners had discussed putting in language to allow a person to serve 12 years, sit out four, and then run for more terms in office. But they took out that language.

The term limits, if approved, would take effect in 2016. The current commissioners get a break, in that they will start at "zero" years of service, if they are still in office in '16.