The City Council, the policy setting arm of the City, derives its powers from the City charter and the laws and Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It authorizes public improvements and expenditures, adopts regulations and ordinances, levies taxes, controls the finances and property taxes of the City, and performs many related legislative tasks.
2014-2015 Cambridge City Council: Front Row: Dennis J. Carlone, Nadeem A. Mazen, E. Denise Simmons and Dennis A. Benzan. Back Row: Timothy J. Toomey, Jr., Craig A. Kelley, Leland Cheung, Marc C. McGovern and David P. Maher. Photo by Bob Coe.
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