Council-Manager Form of Government
The City of Waco establishes and administers law through a council-manager form of government. Citizens are represented on the City Council by six elected members; five from single-member districts and a mayor who is elected at-large. The council appoints one of its members as mayor pro tem to chair the council in the absence of the mayor. All of the council members are volunteers and receive no pay for their service. The mayor is recognized as head of city government for ceremonial and emergency purposes and is a voting member of the council.
The City Council conducts the legislative functions of the city, sets the tax rate, approves the budget, plans for capital improvements, adopts all city ordinances, selects citizens to serve on city boards and commissions, approves major land transactions, and appoints the city manager, city attorney, city secretary and municipal court judge.
The City Council works closely with the city manager to formulate the city's yearly management goals. Council members are elected for two-year terms. Elections for the mayor and council members from Districts I and III are held in even years and elections for council members from District II, IV and V are held in odd years.
City Council Meetings
Meetings are held the first and third Tuesdays of every month. Meetings are open to the public and are held in the Waco Convention Center's Bosque Theater. There is a 3 p.m. Work Session that includes presentations from City Staff and a 6 p.m. Business Session. Public Hearings are held during the 6 p.m. Business Session.
On March 16, 2020, the governor suspended various provisions of the Open Meetings Act pursuant to his state of disaster authority. The change was effective March 16, 2020, until further notice or until the state of disaster declaration expires. In accordance with physical distancing guidelines, and while providing as much transparency as possible, this meeting will not be open to the public attending in person. City Council meetings are broadcast live on WCCC.TV and can be watched via Zoom. The audio is also being recorded. The video and audio recordings will be available to the public on the City Web Site or by calling the City Secretary's Office at 254-750-5750.
According to the governor and attorney general, statutes that may require face-to-face interaction between members of the public and public officials are suspended; provided, however, that the governmental body offers alternative methods of communication with their public officials. This includes public comment on agenda items.
The Waco City Council provides an opportunity for persons to speak at the City Council’s Business Session on any resolution, ordinance or public hearing. Registration to submit comments or speak on any agenda item must be received at the City Secretary’s Office no later than 11 a.m., the day of the meeting. Individuals who registered to speak on a public hearing item will be allowed to speak remotely for three (3) minutes when they are called upon.
Information on Public Comment (Hearing of Visitors), Agendas, Schedule and Attendance