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The City of Mansfield is under a home rule charter that was adopted in January 1975. The policy-making function of the City of Mansfield is the responsibility of the Mayor and City Council, elected to three-year terms by voters.

The City of Mansfield operates under a Council-Manager form of government in which the administrative and financial operations of the city are delegated to the City Manager, hired by the City Council.

The City Council also appoints members of board and commissions that provide advisory service to the Council on various issues. The boards and commissions include the Planning & Zoning Commission, the Mansfield Economic Development Corporation, the Mansfield Park Facilities Development Corporation, the Library Advisory Board, the Historic Landmark Commission, the Zoning Board of Adjustment and the Keep Mansfield Beautiful Commission. Two of the boards—the Mansfield Economic Development Corporation and the Mansfield Park Facilities Development Corporation—administer sales tax funding approved by voters.

Public facilities in the city include Mansfield City Hall; the Mansfield Public Safety Building, which houses police and fire administration and municipal court; the Mansfield Public Library; the Mansfield Activities Center; the Mansfield Law Enforcement Center, which includes the city’s jail; Mansfield Animal Care and Control; and the Mansfield Economic Development Corporation offices.

Mansfield provides city services to its residents including police and fire departments, water utilities, library and parks and recreation. The city’s fiscal year 2010 budget totaled more than $133.59 million.

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