City Council

The City of Morganton has operated using the council-manager form of government since 1913. Morganton's City Council consists of five members, the Mayor and four Councilmen. Under this form of government, the City Council, which is elected by city residents, the City Council is responsible for adopting ordinances and setting policies that affect the City. To implement its policies and enforce its ordinances, the City Council hires a City Manager, who serves at the pleasure of the Council. The City Manager prepares the City budget, directs day-to-day City operations, and serves as the Council's chief policy adviser. Each member of the Council serves a four-year term

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Ronnie Thompson, Mayor

828-437-6994

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Committees: Finance

Current Term: 12/2015-11/2019

First elected: 2013

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S. Sidney Simmons,District 1

828-433-1347

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Committees: Finance, Personnel

Current term: 12/2015-11/2019

First elected: 2011

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Forrest A. Fleming, District 2

828-437-8514

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Committees Personnel, Streets, Utilities

Current term: 12/2015-11/2019

First elected: 2007

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John H. Cantrell, Mayor Pro Tem, District 3

828-433-8199

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Committees: Streets, Utilities

Current term: 12/2013-11/2017

First elected: 2001

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Vacant, District 4

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The City tax rates are approved every year  in the Budget Ordinance approved by City Council. To view the current budget and budget ordinance, visit the Current Budget and Fees page. Council created the Special Downtown Tax District in 1982. Based on the current tax rates, your City tax bill would be $530, and your Downtown Tax bill would be $140, if your property was valued at $100,000.

City property tax: $.53

Special Downtown Tax District: $.14

The City of Morganton operates by the Council-Manager form of government, and was one of the first towns in the state to adopt such a form of government.

Under the Council-Manager form, governance is vested in the City Council, consisting of a Mayor and four Council members elected by the City's voters. The City Council is responsible for adopting ordinances and setting policies that affect the City. The Mayor who is elected to a four-year term and four council members who are elected at large to four-year staggered terms.

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The City of Morganton is divided into four voting districts. Any registered voter who lives in the City can run for Mayor when the Mayor's seat is up for election. To seek election to represent Council District 1, 2, 3 or 4, a candidate must reside within the district. The Mayor and Council seats are elected "at large" meaning that all voters in the City cast ballots for the Mayor's seat and each District Seat up for election.

Search for your district on the City of Morganton Election Districts Map at http://bit.ly/mvoting. Search for your address, and then click on your parcel to see which Councilman represents your district.

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Register to Vote

Morganton residents can register to vote, or change their address, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the Burke County Board of Elections Office, located at 201 West Meeting Street, Morganton, (828) 764-9010. Residents can also download a voter registration form from the NC State Board of Elections website. www.ncsbe.gov.

Staff: Kelly Russell | 828-438-5228 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Morganton City Council has created several boards and commissions, and some commissions are required by North Carolina state law. The boards and commissions serve in an advisory capacity to the City Council, and they often have vacancies. Anyone interested in serving on a board or commission can submit and application to Kelly Russell.

The Morganton City Council has created several boards and commissions, some of which are required by North Carolina state law. The boards and commissions serve in an advisory capacity to the City Council, and board members have the opportunity to provide input on the policies that govern the city.

Boards and Commissions are established in the City Code

Board and Commission vacancies occur on a regular basis. Generally, the Mayor or Council are responsible for appointing people to serve on boards and commissions. If you are interested in serving, submit an application to Kelly Russell. 

City Contact

828-437-8863

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Staff Directory

305 E. Union St. Ste A100
Morganton, NC 28655 i Google Maps 16x16

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