to the Everett City Council
Everett is the only city in the nation with
a bicameral legislature - The Board of Aldermen
and the Common Council. Both branches make
up the City Council, but meet seperately.
Under our Mayor-Council form
of government, Everett has a directly elected
Mayor to administer the municipal government
and a City Council to carry out the legislative
While some proposed laws which
come before Council are referred by the Administration,
The Council also initiates legislation itself.
Council members will often propose new programs
at the suggestion of City residents.
Council members also respond
annually to thousands of constituent requests,
filling a crucial oversight role in the delivery
of basic City services to the public.
One of Council's main duties
is the enactment of the City's annual budget.
Council sets fiscal policies and approves
all spending, whether for operations (e.g.,
salaries) or capital items such as major equipment
purchases, street repairs, or other public
improvements.The regulation of land use, including
the creation and amendment of zoning laws,
is another significant Council responsibility.
Both branches must approve
the Ordinances and money orders of the City.
THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN
The Board of Aldermen consists of seven members
one from each of the City's six wards and
one Alderman-at-Large. All Aldermen are elected
city-wide for a term of two years.
In addition to the duties
they share with the Common Council, the Board
of Aldermen is the licensing authority in
the City and approves licenses for motor dealers,
second-hand dealers, awnings, lodging houses,
junk dealers, pool tables, open-air parking
lots, coin-operated devices, Lord's Day licences,
antique and precious metal dealers
THE COMMON COUNCIL
The Common Council consists three
members elected per ward for a total of eighteen
members. The Common Council shares equally
responsibility for most legislative actions
with the exception of licensing and confirmation
of most Mayoral appointees.