What is the role of the council?

The council is the city's legislative and policy-making body. Power is centralized in the elected council, which, for example, approves the budget and determines the tax rate. The council also focuses on the city's goals, major projects, and such long-term considerations as community growth, land use development, capital improvement and financing, and strategic planning. The council hires a professional manager to implement the administrative responsibilities related to these goals and supervises the manager's performance.

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1. How does the council-manager form of government work?
2. How does the council-manager government benefit the community?
3. What is the role of the manager under council-manager government?
4. What is the role of the council?
5. What is the role of the Mayor?