To establish policy for the city, the parish,
and the districts under its authority, to adopt the annual budgets
for the City and Parish General Funds and all districts requiring
such action of the Council, to appoint the members of various
boards and commissions as necessary, and to provide for the
continued growth of East Baton Rouge Parish through establishment
of zoning policy and regulations.
What are some of the things the Metropolitan Council is
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 spends money.
Each fall, the Mayor-President submits the City-Parish's
budget for Council review. In 2002, the budget totaled $492
million. In the event there's a surplus of revenue, the
Council also decides how the funds should be spent.
And, when it comes to passing new legislation,
it is Metro Council members who get the ball rolling. Many
of the items members introduce come first from constituents,
so it's important to get to know your Council Member and
what he or she stands for.
What do Metro Council Members earn for their role on the
As they earn just $1,000 a month for
their role on the Council.
What is the Mayor Pro Tem?
After a new council is seated, members
elected their own president, or Mayor Pro Tempore. The Mayor
Pro Tem presides over meetings and serves on the Mayor-President's
behalf when he is unable to be present.
Where and when does the Metro Council meet?
The Council meets in the Governmental
Building downtown at 222 St. Louis Street. The chambers
are located on the third floor. The Council usually meets
twice a month, but often more frequently.
How can the community participate in Metro Council meetings?
"Public hearings" give the community
a chance to speak on topics they feel strongly about. Public
hearings are held on all sorts of issues, including road
projects, appropriating money and levying taxes. Before
a public hearing takes place, the item is 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 announced, both in the newspaper
and through postings in the Governmental Building.
Do we have term limits in East Baton Rouge Parish?
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.
How to I reach my Metro Council
There are several ways to find out who
your council member is. You can use the
Council District map or search by
your street name using the Council
District Lookup. If you still need help in determining
who your Metro Council member is, call the Council Administrator's
office at 389-3123.