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 responsible for?
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.
And 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.
What do Metro Council Members earn for their role on the Council?
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 Tempore presides over meetings and serves in the Mayor-President's behalf,
Where and when does the Metro Council meet?
The Council meets in the downtown City Hall building located at 222 St. Louis Street. The
Council Chambers are on the third floor, room 348. The Council usually meets twice monthly,
and often more frequently.
How can the community participate in Metro Council meetings?
"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 here on BRGov.com website.
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.