Below is an overview of the City Council and its main functions.
Mayor/Council Form of Government
Download the Council’s guide to local government for the City’s young constituents.
The City Council exercises the legislative powers of city government, including adopting the annual City budget, ordinances, and resolutions; setting appropriate tax levies; establishing sewer and water rates; setting other general tax and service rates; Mayoral veto override authority, and setting the Council agenda. Other responsibilities for City Council Members include introducing legislation, setting City policy, and giving advice and consent on appointments made by the mayor to City boards, commissions and departments.
Chair and Vice Chair Roles
Chair duties include; signing documents such as adopted ordinances and resolutions, representing the position of the Council to the media and the Mayor’s Administration, overseeing the management of the Office of the City Council, including monitoring and guiding the Council priorities, and scheduling items on the City Council meeting agendas. The Vice Chair is a backup to the Chairperson if the Chairperson is unavailable for any reason.
In addition, the Council Chair and Vice Chair represent the Council in meetings with stakeholders, including the Mayor, Salt Lake City School Board, and the Salt Lake Chamber Board.
The public may submit an online request for the Council to consider. Submit the request at least 30 days from the date you hope to have your resolution adopted. Please allow Council staff three business days to confirm your request. The Council receives many submissions and, unfortunately, can only accommodate some requests. The Council has made it a practice to refrain from passing resolutions on issues outside its responsibilities.
The Council determines the final resolution language but suggested language is requested. Please provide information in bullet point format or as “whereas” clauses. Please specify whether you intend for the resolution to:
- Recognize a person or cause.
- Urge others to action.
- Support a position.
- Raise awareness of a month, week, or day.
View an example of a resolution that the Council has adopted.
After the Council adopts the resolution, we will provide an original signed copy via the delivery method indicated in the request.
- Keep the resolution text to one page.
- Order the bullet points or “whereas” clauses in a way that helps the resolution flow in telling the story/background of the topic.
- Language and tone can be inspirational or celebratory.
- Provide sources of any fact-based text.
View a list of Council policies and procedures.
Redevelopment Agency Board
The Salt Lake City Council members serve as RDA Board Members and regularly meet with the Redevelopment Advisory Committee (RAC) to discuss current focus areas.