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City Council

Department Overview

The City Council is Raleigh’s governing body, consisting of eight citizens elected to serve two-year terms. Three of the

members are elected by the entire city, including the Mayor, and the other five members are elected by districts. The

Mayor, a member of the Council, is the presiding officer.

The City of Raleigh has operated under the council-manager form of government since 1947. The City Manager is

responsible for the day-to-day operations of the city. The Council sets city policy, enacts ordinances as required by law

and adopts all public service programs to maintain an orderly, healthy, and safe environment for Raleigh citizens. The

Council appoints members to city boards, commissions, and committees, approves certain licenses and permits, adopts

the annual budget and sets the tax rate. The City Council also appoints and removes the City Manager, City Clerk and

City Attorney.

Additional information regarding the City Council may be obtained by contacting Louis M. Buonpane, Chief of Staff, at

(919) 996-3070 or via email at

Louis.Buonpane@raleighnc.gov .

Budget Highlights

Annual City Council retreat funding is transferred from the City Manager’s Office to the City Council budget.

Increase in employee benefits line reflects fully budgeting for health insurance for all City Council members,

regardless of individual elections.

City Council member computers and other technology will be purchased beginning in FY17. Moving away

from a leasing model allows for alignment with City Council terms ($17,000).

FY17 is the final year of a five year phased increase to better align City Council member compensation with

peer municipalities.

Budget Detail

ACTUALS

ACTUALS

ADOPTED

ADOPTED

CHANGE

EMPLOYEES

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

FY16 to FY17

City Council

8

8

8

8

0

TOTAL

8

8

8

8

0

DIRECT EXPENDITURES BY TYPE

Personnel

118,927

126,487

135,441

143,441

5.9%

Employee Benefits

50,230

51,448

63,517

89,859

41.5%

Operating Expenditures

68,110

88,538

110,733

146,833

32.6%

Special Programs and Projects

1,931

0

0

0

Capital Equipment

0

500

5,000

27,500

450.0%

TOTAL

$239,198

$266,973

$314,691

$407,633

29.5%

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