During 2011 the City of Del Rio celebrated their 100th Anniversary of the incorporation! Del Rio was selected as the Val Verde County seat when the county was organized in 1885. Records show that in November 1911 voters elected to incorporate under the City Commission form of government. Home rule charter was adopted in 1918, allowing for greater flexibility in governing, until a 1967 election set up a Council Manager system of government.
Del Rio operates under a council-manager form of government, with the Mayor and City Council adopting or amending ordinances, approving the annual budget, and setting the annual property tax rate. The City Manager submits the annual budget, advises the City Council on matters affecting the city, administers and oversees the city operations, and appoints and removes city personnel.
City Council meets for regular meetings on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers in City Hall, 109 W. Broadway. To provide greater transparency in local government, the City Council meetings are aired in recurring broadcast on DRTV Channel 34. The meeting minutes are also available on the city’s website, www.cityofdelrio.com, providing accessibility to official City Council business.
Del Rio’s City Council is ready to lead the way as our city develops. The seven-member board makes decisions that guide Del Rio as it continues to grow and become an even more desirable place to live, work and raise a family. One of the most important goals for City Council is to engage and inform citizens. Government transparency and accessibility will allow citizens to provide input to them as they make decisions for the entire city.