The City Council consists of the Mayor and five Councilmembers, each elected at large and representing all residents within city limits. Councilmembers, including the Mayor, serve staggered, three-year terms, and each June a councilmember is chosen to serve as Mayor Pro Tem.
What does at-large mean? At-large candidates are elected to represent the whole city; all voters can vote for candidates running for an at-large seat. At-large candidates may reside in any area of the city.
Home Rule Charter: The City of Red Oak is a Home Rule city operating under a City Charter. A copy of the City Charter is available HERE.
Council/Manager Form of Government: The city is governed by a council-manager form of government where the City Council sets city policy and the City Manager is responsible for city operations.
Among other authorities granted by state law and the Home Rule Charter adopted by the citizens of Red Oak, the City Council:
Adopts the annual budget
Annexes property into the city limits
Appoints the City Manager, City Secretary, and Municipal Court Judges
Approves certain city expenditures
Awards contracts and bids
Establishes development standards
Makes appointments to boards and committees
Sets the annual property tax rate for the City of Red Oak
The City of Red Oak adopted a tax rate that will raise more taxes for maintenance and operations than last year's tax rate. The tax rate will effectively be raised by 5.38 percent and will raise taxes for maintenance and operations on a $100,000 home by approximately $-40.57.