Sacramento voters will be asked to amend the city's charter in June.
The charter currently says newly-elected officials are to take office the fourth Tuesday after the first Monday in November of an election year.
But, City Clerk Shirley Concolino says a change to county election law has delayed final election results until after the day officials are supposed to be sworn in.
"The remedy that made the most sense for us was to make the official date that the electeds take oath of office the last Tuesday in December prior to council recess."
Concolino says the later date will not only allow the city to follow its own charter, but will also allow for a smoother transition as people leave office and their successors move in.
A majority of voters must approve the measure if the charter is to be changed.
Also on the June ballot: a measure to extend a parcel tax for libraries and a tax on marijuana cultivation to fund children's programs.
City council members have until February 26 to submit arguments for or against measures on the ballot.