Council responsibilities, duties and powers

Council Responsibilities

The seven-member City Council constitutes the legislative branch of city government and is the policy-making body serving on behalf of Marysville citizens. Through local and regional public forums, advisory boards, commissions and a variety of communications avenues, the council works closely with the mayor and Executive Branch of city government and other branches of government, with input from the public, to ensure that community goals and priorities are identified and pursued.

Duties and Powers

The City Council’s primary duties and powers:

  • Make laws and regulations
  • Levy taxes
  • Provide for public safety and health 
  • Authorize public improvements 
  • Appropriate spending and borrow money 
  • Serve in a quasi-judicial role in some instances 
  • Confirm certain appointments 
  • Provide oversight of the other branches of city government