How It Works
The Town of Weddington operates under charters granted by the General Assembly and has powers and authorities granted by state statutes and the state constitution. In this state, municipalities do not have home rule, which means that the state legislature must grant the powers and authority to municipalities and authorize them to perform certain functions.
Municipalities are established to protect the citizens and provide residents of a particular area with urban type services. The town determines which services it will provide, based on local circumstances. Only a few services are mandated by state or federal law. If the town chooses to provide a service however, it must meet whatever state and federal requirements exist for that service.
An elected board, the Town Council, is the governing body in Weddington. The number of members on the board, method of election, and whether they represent districts or hold at-large seats are determined by the municipal charter.
The town has a Mayor-Council form of government, where there is not a manager. The Mayor and the Council, acting together, make decisions about services, revenues and expenditures. All personnel come under the board.
Municipal budgets. One of the major responsibilities of every governing board is to adopt the annual municipal budget, which determines what services will be provided and at what level. The town must set the municipal property tax rate when it adopts is annual budget. By law, all North Carolina budgets must be balanced, and there is a state agency that provides oversight over municipal finances.
Municipal revenues and expenditures. The major sources of municipal revenues are the ad valorem property tax and local option sales taxes.