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City Council: Powers & Duties

2014 City Council Portrait

COUNCIL MEMBERS [back row, left to right]: Blong Yang, Ward 5; Lisa Goodman, Ward 7; John Quincy, Ward 11; Abdi Warsame, Ward 6; Andrew Johnson, Ward 12; Linea Palmisano, Ward 13; Alondra Cano, Ward 9; and Lisa Bender, Ward 10, [front row, left to right]: Jacob Frey, Ward 3; Kevin Reich, Ward 1; Barbara A. Johnson, Ward 4, Council President; Elizabeth Glidden, Ward 8, Council Vice-President; and Cam Gordon, Ward 2.

The City Council is the legislative body of the City of Minneapolis. The following sections describe some of its primary responsibilities. To learn more about these duties, click on the corresponding links for additional details.

Legislative Authority:
Through its policy-making powers, the Council governs the community and oversees the delivery of a wide range of municipal services and programs that directly impact the quality of life for residents.

Election & Organizational Issues:
Council Members are elected to concurrent, four-year terms in nonpartisan elections that are conducted in odd-numbered years. The Council elects its officers and establishes its standing committee system to conduct business.

Financial Management:
The Council is the final authority on management of city funds, and the budget is the centerpiece of its local policymaking authority.

Land Use, Development & Zoning:
The Council encourages growth and orderly development through its land use and zoning authority, ensuring a balance among residential, commercial, and public spaces and places.

Executive Oversight:
The Council provides policy direction to City departments and divisions and monitors the execution and implementation of its policies through its standing committee system.

Constituent Representation:
Individually and collectively, Council Members provide a wide range of constituent services and represent the City of Minneapolis at local, regional, state, and national levels.

Last updated Jan 8, 2015



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