City of Moxee
In Washington cities and towns, the council, as the legislative body, are authorized to levy taxes and must furnish police and fire protection. They establish local laws and policies, consistent with state law, usually through the enactment of ordinances and resolutions; and also exercise general oversight and control over the city’s finances, primarily through the budget process. They may require and issue licenses for the purpose of regulations and/or revenue; may grant various franchises and acquire and operate certain types of public utilities. They may enact zoning ordinances, and may purchase, lease, condemn, or otherwise acquire real and personal property for city purposes. It is ordinarily the council’s function to create subordinate positions, prescribe duties and establish salaries.
Cities are generally classified on the basis of population. In some instances, the powers and obligations of the municipality are determined by the class to which it belongs.
Under the Optional Municipal Code, any city or town, regardless of population, may select to become a non-charter code city and be governed under the Optional Municipal Code rather than under existing statutes relating to the class of city to which it belongs. Cities organized under the Optional Municipal Code must adopt either the mayor-council or council-manager plan unless the city was previously organized under the commission form of government.Types of City Government:
There are three principal forms of government used by Washington cities: 1) mayor-council, 2) council-manager and
3) commission. The basic difference between the three forms of city government is the placement of responsibility for the administration of the city and the relationship of the administrative officer to the legislative or policy-making body to the public. Non-Charter Code Cities in Yakima County include: Grandview, Granger, Mabton, Moxee, Selah, Sunnyside, Tieton, Toppenish, Union Gap, and Zillah. Yakima is classified as a 1st Class City with a charter; Wapato is classified as a 2nd Class City; Harrah and Naches are classified as 4th Class Cities or Towns.
Basic to a council-manager system is the belief that the policy-making and administrative functions of the city should be separate. Therefore, the council, which determines city policies and is politically responsible for its actions, selects a city manager who serves as the chief administrator of the city. The manager is accountable to the council for the proper performance of his/her duties and serves at the pleasure of that body.
In some Washington council-manager cities, the mayor is chosen biennially from among the city council members at the first meeting of the new council. In other cities of the council-manager type, the voters choose the presiding council officer. The mayor retains all the rights, privileges, and immunities of other council members, presides at meetings, is recognized as the head of the city for all ceremonial purposes and by the governor for the purposes of military law. However, the mayor does not have veto power or any regular administrative duties. In an emergency, and if so authorized by the city council, the mayor takes command of the police, maintains law, and enforces order.Mayor-Council Cities (Grandview, Granger, Harrah, Mabton, Moxee, Naches, Selah, Tieton, Wapato, Zillah):
The mayor is the chief administrative officer. In addition, he/she is the political head of the city, and as presiding officer of the city council, is active in the development of city policies. Thus, he/she is responsible both for determining policy and for seeing that the policy is carried out.
A variation of the mayor-council form of government present in Washington cities involves allowing the council to override many of the mayor’s decisions. The development of public policy, under this form, is primarily the responsibility of the city council, and the job of the mayor is one of coordination rather than leadership.
|Council, Position 1
|| 4 year short/full term
Matthew R. Bass
Moxee is a great place to live - but you already know that.
I hope you will allow me the opportunity to make it even better.
I've been privileged to serve (behind the scenes) in the public sector for well over a decade. It would be my honor to step forward and represent the City of Moxee front and center.
I am a husband and a father. I am an Elk (B.P.O.E. #318).
I will not accept contributions or compensation.
Every penny I earn from this position will be re-invested in our community.
Robert "Rob" Layman
I would be honored to serve Moxee on the City Council. I would love to give back to the community that I have lived in for 33 years. I am the third generation of my family to live in East Valley. I am active in the community in the past I have served on the East Valley Youth Baseball Board, served 16 years as a volunteer firefighter, I coached baseball, basketball and soccer. I am a graduate of East Valley High School and YVCC. I have worked in public service for the last 20 years. I would appreciate your vote.
Leo J. Hull
My family and I live in the City of Moxee and our children attend East Valley Schools. For the past 14 years I have dedicated my life to a fulfilling career in law enforcement where I have gained knowledge and experience that I would bring with me to the City Council in order to protect our children, schools, parks and community. I believe my experience with city ordinances, county codes and laws will make me a tremendous asset to the Council. I'm eager to hear the suggestions this community has and work closely with you to better our city.
Contact: 509-969-1969, LHull70@yahoo.com
Being a native of the Yakima Valley, I’ve come to enjoy and appreciate the values the city of Moxee was founded on and the deeply rooted traditions it holds. It is the city I chose to start my family in and the city I want to do all I can to help sustain the security, economy, and overall satisfaction that each and every one of its residents holds. As Moxee holds strong to its roots I want to help build the bridge into the future and be a catalyst for growth that Moxee continues to experience onward into the future.