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What is the Mayor and Council's function?
The Mayor and Council is the legislative body; its members are the community's decision makers. Power is centralized in the elected Mayor and Council, which approves the budget and determines the tax rate, for example. The Mayor and 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, and strategic planning. The Mayor and Council hire a professional manager to carry out the administrative responsibilities and supervise the manager's performance.

Council-Manager Form of Government

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1. What is the council-manager form, which is used in so many local governments?
2. Is it a responsive form of government?
3. What is the Mayor and Council's function?
4. What is the city manager's function?
5. Does the city manager participate in policy determination?
6. Are all council-manager governments structured the same way?
7. How much citizen participation is possible under council-manager government?
8. How is the city manager selected?
9. Can the city manager be fired?