The City Council holds monthly meetings (the first Thursday of each month at 6:00 pm, at City Hall) to pass local ordinances, set policy, and hear reports from the staff. Council members are elected at large, and serve four year terms. Elections are to be held every other year to elect three members of the group.
Appointees who advise the City Council include: the City Attorney, City Manager, Department Heads, City Auditor, City Judge, and members of various committees and boards. The Mayor serves on numerous boards by virtue of her position. Each year, the Mayor and City Council must approve the annual operating budget that includes the appropriations for each department and their work plan for next fiscal period.