After much dispute, the Takoma Park City Council finally voted last week, 5 to 2, to adopt a charter amendment to change the city's election date from March in even-numbered years to November in odd-numbered years, beginning with the next election.
"This action, in effect, would establish an election for this November," said Anna Bennington, an administrative aide for the city. Bennington said the change in election dates had been proposed once before and delayed because of a split in the council.
Mayor Sammie A. Abbott supported the change because it gives newly elected council members who now take office in April more time to prepare a budget, which must be approved in May. The amendment will cut short the terms of elected officials now in office.
The city is allowing 40 days for a challenge to the amendment, which can be made by submitting petitions signed by 20 percent of the city's registered voters. If this occurs, Bennington said, the action will be postponed until March 1984, when it will be included as a referendum on the ballot in the regular elections.
In other business, the council appointed a steering committee to oversee the second phase of revitalization of the city's main commercial streets, Carroll and Ethan Allen avenues.