As part of the decision-making process, elected representatives need to consider the interests of their constituents, as well as those of the entire community. At the same time, they also need to ensure that decisions are made in an equitable, impartial and legal way.
This section looks at three important principles which underpin local government decision making.
Community and municipal interests, and how the strategic planning process helps.
Good governance processes help balance sectional interests with those of the whole municipality.
Decisions must be within a council’s powers.
Decisions must be financially viable.