The 45-day state legislative session occurs each year starting in January. Hundreds of bills that have been worked on throughout the year are proposed, discussed, negotiated, and voted on at the state capitol. Your City Council and staff members, led by Government Affairs, work with residents and legislators all year long to make sure Herriman's voice is heard at the state level. During the session, we track dozens of bills that affect our priorities and work with the key decision makers.
In Herriman, we have a council-manager form of government. This is the most popular structure of government in the United States among municipalities with populations of 2,500 or more. It is one of several ways in which U.S. municipalities and counties can organize.
Under this form, residents elect a governing body consisting of City Councilmembers and a Mayor. The position of Mayor in Herriman is an equal part of the five-member Council. The Council works together as the governing body and is responsible for legislative functions such as establishing policy, passing local ordinances, voting appropriations, and developing an overall vision — similar to a corporate board of directors.
The governing body appoints a City Manager to implement those policies, oversee the local government's day-to-day operations, and advise the Council. The manager position is similar to that of a corporate chief executive officer (CEO), providing professional management of the City's directors and staff.
Bringing businesses to Herriman is like a dance, it takes two to tango...but in this case, it may take up to four partners. As the City representatives, brokers, property owners, and businesses work through the intricate "dance moves" each has their role in the process eventually resulting in you having places to shop and dine and the City having an expanded sales tax revenue base.
And sometimes, just when you think all the dance moves have been pulled off flawlessly, the property owner ultimately has the final say in which business they choose to work with. With the help of both the land-use zoning table and the zoning map, approved by the City Council and a part of the general plan, landowners may determine what types of businesses are approved to be built on their land.
It can get confusing at times to remember which services the City handles and what responsibilities are taken care of by other organizations. Here's a breakdown of these services and who Herriman residents pay for what: