Home Rule Charter of Allegheny County
Under the Home Rule Charter, which was approved in May of 1998, the voters of Allegheny County chose to replace the former 3 Commissioner form of government with an elected County Executive and 15 elected County Council Members. County Council is the County's new legislature. Every Allegheny County resident resides in a Council District and is represented by a Council Member from that district. They are also represented by 2 Council Members elected At Large (countywide). Members are elected for staggered four-year terms.
The powers and duties of Council include approving and amending legislation that is proposed by the County Executive. Council Members may also generate legislation on their own. They are also responsible for the levy of taxes, fees, and service charges, and the passage of balanced annual operating and capital budgets.