The City of Balcones Heights, Texas, was incorporated in 1948 and operates under the Council-Manager form of government. The City Council is composed of a Mayor and five Councilmembers. Each place is elected at-large for staggered two-year terms.
Election and Term of Office
The Mayor is elected for a two-year term in even-numbered years. Councilmembers are elected at-large for two-year staggered terms, with two councilmembers elected in even numbered years and the remaining three elected in odd numbered years. A general election is conducted each May for these city officials.
The Mayor and Councilmembers do not receive a salary.
The City is a Type A General Law City; its powers are prescribed by the Texas Local Government Code. City Council has the authority to enact local legislation, adopt a city budget, determine policies and appoint the City Administrator. Council meetings are held at the Balcones Heights Justice Center/City Hall on the fourth Monday of each month at 6 p.m. and are open to the public.
The Mayor is the presiding officer of Council and is recognized as head of the city government for all legislative and ceremonial purposes and by the Governor for purposes of military or martial law. During council meetings, the Mayor only votes when necessary to break a tie.
Mayor Pro Tem
The Council elects from among its members a Mayor Pro-Tempore who serves for a term of one year. This individual acts as Mayor during the absence or disability of the Mayor.