As a citizen...
You can take an active role in shaping Mesa government policies, programs and decisions.
Participating in government can be as simple as voting at each election. But you can go a step further by participating in the day-to-day process of local government.
- Apply to join one of the many advisory boards or committees that make recommendations to the City Council and City departments.
- You can volunteer
- You can be an active member of a neighborhood association or help form one in your neighborhood.
- You can speak at a Council study session or Council meeting. (See details below)
- You can engage with us using many different social media tools.
- You can seek elected office.
- You can influence decisions when it comes to adopting laws, the biennial budget, or where to site a new park by attending public meetings and events.
- You can participate in Mesa Sister Cities.
One of the greatest challenges of governance is finding a balance between the interests of the community as a whole and those who have a special stake in a particular issue. Citizens can help strike that balance by looking for solutions that work for the entire community, not just a small group.
Although participating does not always mean prevailing, it does make government a partnership effort. That's something positive, because when citizens are actively involved in their government, decisions can better reflect the will of the people.
Speak at a Council Study Session or Meeting
The Mesa City Council believes that providing access for citizens to communicate with the Council is vital for a strong representative local government. The following are methods in which to express your opinion at various Council meetings.
At regular Monday Council meetings, blue Speaker/Comment cards are available for citizens who wish to comment on agenda items. Or, you may download a copy of the comment card [PDF] and hand it in at the Council meeting.
Please note items listed on the agenda with an asterisk are part of the consent agenda. Items on the consent agendas will be adopted with one motion and vote if no citizen or Councilmember requests that it be removed from the consent agenda for separate consideration.
If you wish to speak on a consent agenda item, you must submit your request to speak before the vote on the consent agenda. Speakers are limited to three minutes each.
Items from Citizens Present
Citizens are provided an opportunity to address the Council on any issue under an agenda item titled "Items from Citizens Present." This item appears on the agenda of every regular Monday Council meeting and Thursday Study Session. Blue Speaker/Comment cards are available for those who wish to comment. Or, you may download a copy of the comment card [PDF] and hand it in during the meeting.
A maximum of three individual speakers is allowed at each meeting, and each speaker is allowed three minutes.
Note: Because of the Open Meeting Law, the Council cannot take action on any item brought up by a citizen at the meeting, but may refer items for further study and follow-up.