City Government -Methods of Rule a) Cities get authority to rule & charter from the ____________________ b) States give cities the right to home rule (=__________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________) -Forms of city government 1) ______________________________________________________________ City council =__________________________ Mayor = ________________________________________________ City is divided into __________ (districts) and then members of the ward elect someone to represent them in city council OR several council members are elected by ________________ City council has more power than the _____________ Developed because ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ 2) __________________________________________________________________ Mayor is the city’s chief executive officer & has primary responsibility for running the city’s government 3)______________________________________ City is governed by a commission that usually consists of 3-9 elected officials (called ___________________________________) Commission acts as the city’s legislative body (passing laws for the community) and the city’s executive body (________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________) 4) _____________________________________________________________ Voters elect a _________________________ (city’s lawmaking body) Council appoints _______________________ (city’s chief executive) City manager appoints ____________________________________ Heads of city departments Name: ______________________________________ Classwork: City Governments Read pages 234-237 of Civics in Practice and think about your class notes. Then answer the questions that follow. Part I Analyze the advantages and disadvantages of each type of city government by completing the chart below. Type of City Government Mayor-Council (Weak Mayor) Advantages Disadvantages Mayor-Council (Strong Mayor) Commission Council-Manager Part II Imagine that you are part of a committee establishing a new city. Write a speech explaining which of the four plans you believe is the most effective form of city government and why.