They earn $1,000 a month for their role on the Council.
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The East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council is responsible for setting the policy of the City-Parish, including establishing local sales taxes, setting the salaries of police officers, approving whether a piece of property is ultimately rezoned, determining whether or not liquor can be sold on Sundays and more. One of the biggest responsibilities of the Metro Council is approving how the City allocates the money. Each fall, the Mayor-President submits the City-Parish's budget for Council review. In the event there's a surplus of revenue, the Council also decides how the funds should be spent.
When it comes to passing new legislation, it is Metro Council members who get the ball rolling. Many of the items that members introduce come first from constituents, so it is important to get to know your Council Member and what he or she stands for.
After a new council is seated, members elected their own president, or Mayor Pro Tempore. The Mayor Pro Tempore presides over meetings and serves on the Mayor-President's behalf, when the mayor is unavailable.
The Council meets in the downtown City Hall building located at 222 Saint Louis Street. The Council Chambers are on the third floor, room 348. The Council usually meets twice monthly, and often more frequently.
Public hearings are held to give the community an opportunity to voice their opinions on matters. Public hearings are held for various issues such as road projects, appropriating money, and levying taxes. Before a public hearing may be held, the item is first introduced by a Council Member then approved by the body for discussion at a later date. In that interim period, the date and time of the public hearing are advertised in the newspaper, and on our website.
Yes, in 1995 the citizens of the parish voted to limit both the Mayor-President and members of the Metropolitan Council to three consecutive terms of office.
There are several ways to find out who your council member is. You can use the Council District map. If you still need help in determining who your Metro Council member is, call the Council Administrator's office at 225-389-3123.