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Top row, left to right: Ronald C. Rice, Luis A. Quintana, Ras J. Baraka, Darrin S. Sharif, Carlos M. Gonzalez
Bottom row, left to right: Augusto Amador, Donald M. Payne, Jr., Anibal Ramos, Jr., Mildred C. Crump
The Municipal Council exercises the legislative power of city government.
It enacts by ordinance, resolution, or motion the local laws which govern the people of our city, and is responsible for approval of the municipal budget, establishment of financial controls, and setting of salaries of elected officials and top appointed administrators. It may reduce or increase appropriations requested by the Mayor.
By these methods the Council decides "what" the city will do about any particular matter, and then the Mayor and cabinet members decide "how" to do it.
The Municipal Council also renders advice and consent on the Mayor's appointments and policy programs, and may investigate, when necessary, any branch of municipal government. The Council also authorizes a continuing audit by an outside firm, of all city financial transactions.
As established by ordinance, regular public meetings of the Municipal Council are held on the first Wednesday of each month at 12:30 p.m., and the third Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Municipal Council Chamber in City Hall. Exceptions are made for national or religious holidays. During July and August only one meeting is held each month at 12:30pm.
A special meeting of the Municipal Council may be called by the President or a majority of its members or by the Mayor whenever an emergency requires immediate action.