British Columbians could soon be sending their mayors and councillors to city hall for four years instead of three, if a task force into municipal political reforms gets its way.

Among 31 recommendations in a report released yesterday by a joint government and Union of B.C. Municipalities task force is to extend local government terms to four years, from the current three.

Community and Rural Development Minister Bill Bennett said the recommendations require approval from the B.C. Liberal cabinet and caucus members.

If that approval is given, the term changes could be in effect for the fall 2011 municipal elections across the province, he said.

Opposition New Democrat community critic Scott Fraser, a former mayor of Tofino, on Vancouver Island, welcomed extended municipal terms. But he was upset the task force didn’t move to place limits on political donations in municipal politics.