City meetings follow procedural guidelines to organize, formalize and guide debate and decision making.
The planning and zoning process allows cities to control developmental aspects of the city.
The state has grown and evolved considerably over the past two centuries. Census population counts and estimates can affect everything from federal funding to legislative redistricting to the classification of a city.
When making large purchases, cities must comply with the Model Procurement Code or the general bidding statute.
Cities can levy taxes on real and tangible property (also called ad valorem taxes) for the purpose of general revenues.
Safety-oriented expenditures for police, fire, ambulance, and dispatch services combine to form the leading general function expenditure category for cities.
Many cities offer services such as waste and recycling collection, streets and roads, parking facilities, cemeteries and natural resource management.