MILTON — The city will not pursue term limits for city council members and the mayor.

At the July 6 Executive Committee meeting, the council discussed proposing a referendum to voters to set limits to three consecutive terms. Councilman Jeff Snow made a motion to approve the item; Councilwoman Peggi Smith seconded the motion.

Councilwoman Pat Lunsford discussed her concerns with proposing term limits.

“You people that are just coming on the council will realize how important it is to have experience,” Lunsford said. “You realize where you come from and where you go. You will regret term limits…

“If people want you to stay on the council, you should stay and do the wishes of the people.”

Councilman Alan Lowery said that this item, if approved, would add a referendum to the 2018 ballot and the people of Milton would decide what they want.

The motion failed with Ashley Lay, Lunsford, Mary Ellen Johnson, Snow and Sharon Holley opposed and Lowery and Casey Powell in favor.