The City Council consists of five Foster City residents who are elected by the voters of the City to staggered terms of four years each. The City Council is the only body elected directly by the residents of Foster City. As the legislative branch of the government, it makes final decisions on all major city matters. The Council adopts ordinances and resolutions necessary for efficient governmental operations, approves the budget and acts as a board of appeals.
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City Councilmembers receive $496 per month. Councilmembers shall be reimbursed for reasonable expenses incurred in the performance of duties imposed upon them by law or in the course of business on behalf of the City as authorized by the City Council. In addition, each Councilmember receives $25.00 for each Estero Municipal Improvement District meeting attended, not to exceed three meetings per month. Councilmembers are also eligible for certain other City benefits such as medical and dental insurance.