|About City Council Government|
The City of Omaha operates with a Mayor-Council form of Government. The Mayor runs the executive side of government by appointing Directors to the various City Departments and managing all city functions. The City Council is the Legislative side of government whose role it is to make policy changes to the City Code and Charter and approve contracts and department expenditures over $20,000. In addition,they must approve a City budget and set the property tax rate each year. They operate as a seven-member Board and are elected to four-year terms. They meet almost every Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. to vote on approximately 50-100 items.
In order for a measure to be approved, it must pass with a four-person majority. Once a measure is passed, it is sent to the Mayor for approval. If it is vetoed by the Mayor, then the Council must have a five-person majority to override a mayoral veto or the measure fails.
The City Council is unique in that they are essentially the last step in the approval process and they meet in the Legislative Chambers(Auditorium) so that the public can speak on issues before the City Council votes. Only items that are contained on the weekly agenda are brought up for public discussion. There are typically two types of measures brought before the council – Ordinances and Resolutions:
View the Rules of Order for the City Council of the City of Omaha.