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About Charlotte City Council

Charlotte City Council at the dais

​Charlotte has a council-manager form of government with a mayor and 11 council members elected every two years in November, and a professional city manager to run the day-to-day operations. The mayor and four council members are elected at-large by a city-wide vote. Seven council members are elected from districts by voters who reside in each district.

City Council adopts the FY 2019 Budget

On June 11, 2018, Charlotte City Council voted to adopt the $2.6 billion FY 2019 budget. The budget ​enhances community safety, strengthens neighborhoods, recognizes the city's workforce and positions the city to be a leader in economic opportunity – all while capitalizing on opportunities for improved efficiencies and service delivery.​ This budget goes into effect on July 1, 2018.

News release June 11, 2018
City Council Meeting June 11, 2018 (video)​

Council illustrates vision of Charlotte at annual retreat

Earlier this year, City Council travelled to Durham for a three-day annual retreat. During the retreat, council took an in-depth look at existing focus areas and began to formulate a long term strategic vision for Charlotte.

When business was finished, council took part in an artistic team building activity – “Creating Unity Through Art.” The goal of this activity was for the mayor and city council to reflect on the different roles they play as leaders in the Queen City and curate a visual representation of Charlotte’s future.

View the “Creating Unity Through Art" photo album here.

The Queen City mixed media painting 



​More about City Council​

Charlotte adopted the council-manager form of government in 1929. This form of government divides responsibilities between elected officials and an appointed city manager.

The mayor and city council are the "board of directors" for this municipal corporation. As such, they set policy, approve the financing of all city operations and enact ordinances, resolutions and orders. Their responsibilities also include appointing the city manager, city attorney, city clerk and members of various boards and commissions.

The city manager, functioning as the chief operating officer, administers the policy and decisions made by city council and oversees the day-to-day operations of city government. It is the city manager's responsibility to ensure that all city services are delivered in an efficient and cost-effective manner and to provide vision and leadership to the city organization. 

The duties of the mayor and council

Together, the mayor and city council members are responsible for establishing the general policies under which the city operates. These include:

  • Appointing the city manager, city attorney, city clerk and members of various boards and commissions enacting ordinances, resolutions and orders.

  • Reviewing the annual budget, setting the tax rate and approving the financing of all city operations.

  • Authorizing contracts on behalf of the city.​

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