Pursuant to the provisions of the Hamilton City Charter, the City council is comprised of 6 members elected at large for staggered 4-year terms. The Mayor is separately elected for a 4-year term. The Vice Mayor serves 2 years and is the Council Member who receives the highest number of votes in each Council election.
The Hamilton City Council considers and acts on matters of governmental or utility operations, which involves the establishment of policy decisions and/or the enactment of legislation. The Council adopts legislation pertaining to the:
Approval of the City's annual budget
Establishment of traffic regulations
Expenditure of money
Levy of assessments
Other matters of governmental nature
Since the water, electric, gas and wastewater utilities are all municipally owned and operated in Hamilton, Council also acts on all matters involving the establishment of policy, expenditure of monies, and the establishment of rates for these utilities.
The Hamilton City Council is the direct representative of the citizens of the City of Hamilton.