Handbook for Mayors and Councilmembers (2017)

The handbook presents an overview of the functions, powers, and responsibilities of mayors and council members in accordance with their city's status as either a home rule or general law city. Subjects include policy development, goal-setting, council meetings, conflicts of interest, standards of official conduct, budgeting and financial administration, personal liability, and media relations.

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Member Cities

Texas Municipal League (TML) member cities can order copies at no charge (limit of one handbook for each elected official plus one staff copy) by emailing TML Member Services Department. Please include your mailing address and the number you would like to receive. Additional copies are $20 per book.

Free Copies

To inquire about your city's free copies, email Member Services. Download a free PDF copy of the Handbook for Mayors and Councilmembers (PDF).

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