What is the City Council's role?

The council is the legislative body; its members are the community's decision makers. Power is centralized in the elected council, which approves the budget and determines the tax rate, for example. The council also focuses on the community's goals, major projects, and such long-term considerations as:

  • Community growth
  • Land use development
  • Capital improvement plans
  • Capital financing
  • Strategic planning

The council hires a professional manager to carry out the administrative responsibilities and supervises the manager's performance.

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1. What is the council-manager form of government?
2. What is the City Council's role?
3. What is the City Manager's function?
4. What is the role of the mayor?
5. Does the City Manager participate in determining city policy?
6. Are all council-manager governments structured the same way?
7. Is this form of government used only in certain kinds of cities?
8. Where can I learn more about the information found in previous questions?