Clarence Valley residents will be asked if they want to elect their mayor or leave it up to councillors.
On Tuesday night the council supported a mayoral minute calling for a referendum on a popularly elected mayor.
The referendum will be held in conjunction with a by-election in February.
The by-election is to fill the vacancy left by the sudden death of Councillor Jeremy Challacombe, who died in a car accident last month.
The mayor of the Clarence Valley is elected each year by councillors.
Current mayor Ritchie Williamson said the referendum question will also ask voters if they favour choosing the mayor themselves for a four year term.
Voters will have a clear yes or no choice in the referendum.
“The question will be, do you favour the election of the mayor by electors for a four year term, without changing the number of councillors from nine which includes the mayor?” Councillor Williamson said.
The number of councillors, including the mayor would stay at nine.
Source: ABC News