The Borough's Home Rule Charter allows for a Council-Manager structure. Borough Council members are elected at-large and are responsible for setting policy. Borough Council will appoint a professional manager who is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Borough.
The Borough of Carlisle has seven Council members, all of whom are elected by the voters of the Borough. Council members are elected to staggered four-year terms, and the Mayor is also elected to a four-year term. Some of Council's responsibilities include: establishing short and long term goals, passing ordinances and resolutions, borrowing funds, establishing municipal tax rates, utility rates, and approving the annual budget.
The Borough Manager, appointed by Council, takes care of the administration of Borough business. Some of the manager's responsibilities include: supervising all municipal departments, all personnel matters, developing and delivering an annual budget to Council, enforcing the ordinances and regulations of Carlisle, keeping Council informed of Borough affairs, and making recommendations to Council as deemed necessary.
Carlisle Borough Council holds two public meetings each month-a workshop meeting and a regular Council meeting. Citizens are always welcomed and encouraged to attend these meetings. Borough residents can also serve on our various boards and commissions. Volunteering to serve on a board or commission is a great way to get involved in your local government and get a look into how it works.