Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
SECTION 1. The mayor of the city of Everett shall be elected by and from the qualified voters of the city and shall be the executive officer of the city. The mayor shall hold office for the term of 4 years from the first Monday in January following the election and until a successor is qualified.
SECTION 2. The state secretary shall cause the following question to be placed on the official ballot to be used in the city of Everett at the biennial state election to be held in the year 2002:
"Shall an act passed by the general court in the year 2002 entitled, 'An Act establishing a 4 year term for the office of mayor in the city of Everett', be accepted?"
If a majority of the votes cast in answer to the question is in the affirmative, then section 1 shall take effect, but not otherwise.
SECTION 3. The city solicitor shall prepare a fair, concise summary and purpose of the law to appear with the question no later than 60 days before the election in accordance with section 58A of chapter 54 of the General Laws.
SECTION 4. Section 1 shall apply to the biennial city election to be held in 2003 and to subsequent biennial city elections.
SECTION 5. This act shall take effect upon its passage.