Pantego incorporated in 1952 as a village, but changed to a Type A General Law city in 1967. General Law cities are smaller cities, most of which are less than 5,000 in population. All General Law cities operate according to specific state statutes prescribing their powers and duties. General Law cities are limited to doing what the state authorizes or permits them to do. If state law does not grant General Law cities the express or implied power to initiate a particular action, none may be taken. The governing body of a municipality operating as a Type A General Law municipality is known as the "City Council" and if the city has not been divided into wards, the governing body always consists of a Mayor and five Council members.
Under this form of government, the Mayor and five Council members are elected at large for staggered two-year terms on the second Saturday in May. All members serve without compensation. The Mayor and City Council appoint the City Manager, City Secretary and all who serve on the Town's Boards and Commissions.
In 1980 the Town adopted a Council-Manager form of government. The basic structure of the Council-Manager plan is similar to that of a private corporation, in which the stockholders elect a board of directors which then hires a president to run the company. Under the City Manager plan, the voters elect a City Council which, in turn, hires a City Manager to administer the Town's day-to-day affairs.
Under the Council-Manager form of government, the Council serves as the legislative body. The Council sets policy, it approves the budget and sets the tax rate, and it determines the size of the payroll and the extent and cost of municipal services. In short, the Council is the final authority on all of the many policy decisions that determine the scope and functions of the city government.
Town Council meetings are held on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. with a work session held immediately prior at 6:30 p.m. Special meetings are held as needed. All meetings are open to the public. The agenda for each meeting is posted on the bulletin board at Town Hall as well as on this website at least 72 hours prior to the meeting.
In addition to Town Council meetings, all meetings of the Pantego Boards and Commissions are open to the public as well. Agendas for these meetings are posted on the bulletin board at Town Hall as well as on this website at least 72 hours prior to the meeting.