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Duties of the County Council

The Jefferson County Council consists of seven members. There are four council districts with one council member being elected for each district. There are three council members who are not elected to a specific district and are elected as "at-large" members.

The Council has the ultimate decision-making power over fiscal affairs. The Council has the authority to view or review fiscal matters, determine proper policy, and set priorities for the allocation and expenditure of county funds.

The General Assembly determines the powers of the County Council in this area. Typically, these powers include:
  • Approving and fixing annual operating budgets of all county government offices and agencies.
  • Establishing salaries, wages per diems, and other compensation for all county officials and employees.
  • Fixing tax rates and establishing levies on all county property for the purpose of raising funds to meet budget requirement in conducting county business, as well as authorizing the borrowing of money in the form of bonds and notes.
  • Appropriating public funds, i.e., authorizing the expenditure of county money by particular officials or departments for specific purposes.
  • Authorizing certain purchases or sales of county owned land.


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