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Student Paper - Local Government Checklist
  • Registered voters in the City of Burnsville select the Mayor.
  • The term of office is four years.
  • The election is non-partisan.
  • The Mayor does not have a legislative veto.
  • Mayor of Burnsville is a part-time position – approximately 15 - 40 hours per week.
  • Burnsville has a City Manager who manages city staff and reports to the Mayor. The City Manager is hired by the City Council.

Mayor's Duties
  • Presides over Council meetings.
  • Executes official documents.
  • Performs ceremonial duties (groundbreakings, ribbon cuttings).
  • Speaks on behalf of the Council only when a decision had been made.
  • Declares local emergencies.

City Council
  • The City Council has five members (a mayor and four council members).
  • The term of office is four years.
  • Council members are elected and serve the community "at large."
  • The election is non-partisan.
  • The committee on which only Council members may serve is the Economic Development Authority.
  • City Council member is a part-time position.
  • The council regularly meets once a week for regular council meetings, governance meetings and work sessions.

Committees Appointed by City Council
There are five other citizen advisory committees in which members are appointed by the City Council. Council members serve as liaisons. The committees are:
  • Ames Center Advisory Commission
  • Economic Development Commission
  • Parks & Natural Resources Commission
  • Planning Commission
  • Black Dog Watershed Management Organization

  • The Finance Department and City Manager prepare the budget.
  • The Mayor and City Council are the only elected officials in the city.

Extra Credit
  • The City of Burnsville operates under the Statutory Plan B.
  • The biggest decision made in the last five years was to focus on redevelopment

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