EVART — In conjunction with recent state law passed to decrease the cost of elections, the Evart City Council now will hold elections on even-numbered years.

In the past, the council has held its elections on odd-numbered years, with the next election slated for 2015. After the council approved a motion at Monday’s meeting, the next election will be held in 2016, at the same time as the presidential election.

“It saves everyone money because we don’t have to have an extra election,” said city attorney Jim White.

Council members whose terms were up in 2015 will be extended another year due to the change.

In other business, the council approved the 2013-14 Fire Authority budget and approved $350 for City Manager Zack Szakacs to purchase two service weapons as a police department retiree.

The next meeting of the Evart City Council will be at 7 p.m. on Feb. 4 at the Evart Depot.