The mission of the City's Manager's Office is for Austin to be the best-managed city in the country.
Present Form of Government
The City Manager is responsible for the day-to-day operations of an organization of approximately 12,000 and a budget of $1.4 billion. City operations range from animal services to zoning to the electric and water utilities. Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is also a part of City of Austin operations.
In 1924, Austin adopted the Council-Manager form of government through a Charter amendment vote. The City Manager reports to the Council which sets policy for the City Manager to carry out.