What can the City Council make policy about?

City Council is the legislative body; its members are the community’s decision makers. Power is centralized in the elected council, which approves the budget and determines the tax rate, for example. The 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 council hires a professional manager to carry out the administrative responsibilities and supervises the manager’s performance.

Asheville City Council has the authority to:

  • Determine policy in the fields of planning, traffic, law and order, public works, finance, and recreation
  • Appoint and remove the city manager
  • Adopt the budget, levy taxes, collect revenues, and make appropriations
  • Appoint and remove the city attorney and city clerk
  • Authorize the issuance of bonds by a bond ordinance
  • Establish administrative departments, offices and agencies
  • Appoint members of the city boards, commissions and committees
  • Inquire into the conduct of any office, department, or agency of the city and make investigations into municipal affairs
  • Provide for an independent audit
  • Provide for the number, titles, qualifications, powers, duties, and compensation of all officers and employees of the city


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Maggie Burleson