City of Porterville
Elected at large by the citizens as the legislative policy-making branch of City government are five members of the City Council. Through its power to pass ordinances, levy taxes, award contracts and appoint the City Manager and City Attorney, committees and commissions, the Council directs the course of city government. The City Council also acts as the Porterville Redevelopment Agency, the Porterville Public Improvement Corporation, the Porterville Public Financing Authority, and the Porterville Planning Commission.
The Mayor, who is a member of the Council, signs official documents, chairs the meetings and acts as the official head of the City on public and ceremonial occasions. Council members earn $20 per Council meeting and the Mayor earns $25 per meeting, up to seven meetings a month. In addition, the Council members earn $30 per Redevelopment meeting.
The City Council is assisted by two permanent commissions (Parks and Leisure Service Commission and Library Board of Trustees); three citizen committees (Redevelopment Advisory Committee, Community Development Block Grant and Housing Opportunity Advisory Committee, and Transaction and Use Tax Oversight Committee (Measure H)); and an Internal City Audit Committee. The Council appoints the members to each of these bodies.
As the legislative body for the City of Porterville, the City Council may enact ordinances and resolutions and may make motions and referrals. An ordinance is a law enacted by the City Council under powers delegated to it as a Charter City. Ordinances prescribe a general and lasting rule for persons within the City's boundaries. The City Council may, where public health, welfare and safety demands, adopt an emergency ordinance which becomes effective immediately after one reading. A resolution is usually used to express the policy of the Council or to direct certain types of procedural or administrative actions. It requires only one reading and becomes effective immediately. It may be changed by a subsequent resolution.
Motions ordinarily indicate majority approval for a procedural or administrative action. Motions are usually used for disposition of business items on the agenda. When the Council is not prepared to take definite action or when further study or information is needed, the Council may refer the matter to an individual or group for study by motion. The Council may request that a report be made at a future Council meeting.
Council members also represent the City of Porterville on various county, regional and state commissions and committees. Institutes, conferences, and seminars are held throughout the year to provide training and information that assist members of the Council in performance of their duties.