A city council is the legislative body that governs a city, town, municipality or local government area. It’s composed of a group of citizens which have been individually elected. The city council possess legislative and administrative powers, such as passing ordinances and appropriating funds.
ROLES OF A CITY COUNCILThe powers and duties of the City Council are contained in state law and city regulations. In carrying out their statutory duties. Council members’ statutory duties are to be performed, almost without exception, by the council as a whole. For example, the council must supervise administrative officers, formulate policies, and exercise city powers. The council generally functions as a parliamentary style legislative body, proposing bills, holding votes, and passing laws to help govern the city. It is the most local level of government and is responsible for representing and catering to the different communities in it’s jurisdiction.
The responsibilities of a city council include:
- Establish policies for the effective and efficient delivery of municipal services to the City
- Performance of our city’s services and facilities
- Overseeing allocation of the city’s finances and resources
- Determining the policies for the city
- Planning for the future needs of the city
- Direct and control the affairs of the council in accordance with the Local Government Act
- Participate in the optimum allocation of the council’s resources for the benefit of the area
- Play a key role in the creation and review of the council’s policies and objectives and criteria relating to the exercise of the council’s regulatory functions
- Review the performance of the council and its delivery of services, and the management plans and revenue policies of the council.
- Represent the interests of the residents and taxpayers
- Provide leadership and guidance to the community, and
- Facilitate communication between the community and the council