With time running out, Takoma Park's mayor and City Council last week delayed an amendment that would move up city elections from March in even-numbered years to November in odd-numbered years, beginning with the next election, scheduled for spring 1984.
The drive to change elections from spring to fall has been the aim of Mayor Sammie A. Abbott, who has supported the idea throughout his two terms. He has maintained the city's budget suffers because freshly elected council members who take office in April have only a short time to decide how the city should spend its money before May, when the budget must be approved.
The amendment calls for the change to begin this year, thus cutting short the terms of current elected officials.
It also would mean filing deadlines and the city's candidates' night, when contenders are nominated, would have to be pushed up as well.
Some council members opposed the change. Frank V. Garcia, during an earlier debate, said it was "pointless" because the budget prepared by the city administrator requires little additional work, a contention with which Abbott and others disagreed.
"What is so sacrosanct, so sacred about an administratively supplied budget that it has to be submitted so late," council member Louis H. D'Ovidio asked.
Abbott asserted that "four hectic weeks" was not enough time for a new council to make a responsible assessment of the city's spending programs.
Council member Joseph A. Faulkner presented at last week's meeting an amendment that would make the change in election dates effective in 1985, but the council tabled the issue, City Clerk Sybil Pusti said.
In other action, the council agreed to give $500 to the Takoma Park marching band to buy two tubas.
The council also designated the area on the north side of Westmoreland Avenue between Carroll and Walnut Avenues and part of the south side of the street in the same block as a permit-parking area.
Normally, parking zones are approved without much fuss. But the council's action last week ended a protracted debate that verged on violence in recent council meetings.