The City of Haines City is a home rule municipality and operates under the commission-manager form of government. The City Commission of Haines City is the elected legislative and governing body of the City. It consists of five City Commissioners elected to serve four year terms. The Commission selects a Mayor and Vice-Mayor through a majority vote of the Commission each year.
City Commission Duties
Responsibilities of the City Commission include:
Adopting an annual budget
Adopting local laws and ordinances
Appointing the City Manager, City Attorney and City Clerk
Establishing policies, utility rates, assessments and other fees
Managing growth and land use
Setting the annual tax rate
Areas of Assistance & Advice
The City Manager is appointed by the City Commission and serves as the chief executive officer to carry out their policies and oversee the daily business of the City. Professionally qualified and experienced personnel head the city departments and provide municipal services to the public. In addition, boards and committees comprised of many area residents, assist and advise the City Commission on various matters.