At Tuesday’s Carrboro Board of Aldermen meeting, an ordinance setting campaign contribution limits for mayor and aldermen campaigns was reenacted.
The ordinance, which was originally passed in 2009, caps individual donations at $250 with the exception of donations by the candidate themselves and their family members.
“This is really a way of getting local people involved and ensuring that campaign financing is reasonable, that it is something that the community is a part of and it is trying to end corruption when it comes to money in politics,” said Board of Aldermen member Randee Haven-O’Donnell.
In 2008, then-state Sen. Ellie Kinnaird — a former mayor of Carrboro — filed a bill in the N.C. General Assembly at Carrboro's request to amend the town's charter allowing Carrboro to set limits on campaign contributions in local elections.
The Board of Aldermen then passed the ordinance at the next available opportunity, said Damon Seils, a current Board of Aldermen member. The ordinance has to be reenacted every two years.