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
Additional information regarding the City Council may be obtained by contacting Louis M. Buonpane, Chief of Staff, at
(919) 996-3070 or via email atLouis.Buonpane@raleighnc.gov .
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
FY16 to FY17
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Special Programs and Projects