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City Council: Powers & Duties

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 Jul 31, 2018



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