True or False: The council form of government is often called “governance by committee” because of shared powers.
The “governance by committee” phrase reflects that, under this form, the mayor and the councilmembers equally share legislative and administrative authority. The mayor may exercise informal authority as a leader of council and as a spokesperson for the city. However, a mayor presiding at council meetings does so by tradition, not because of state law. To exercise administrative functions, the mayor or a member of council must receive authorization from council, and council may revoke the designated authority.
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