IN THIS ELECTION-HAPPY country, everyone claims to have a good grasp of all the political positions up for grabs every three years: mayor, vice-mayor, town or city councilor, and so on.

But do we really know what their jobs entail?

For today’s Spot On from the PCIJ’s MoneyPolitics website, we take a look at the powers and responsibilities of those officials who are, at least theoretically, very close to your heart, your home, and your interests: the city or municipal officials.

The mayor, for example, is not just simply the chief executive of the local government unit. He also prepares budgets and plans, enforces laws and ordinances, and ensures the delivery of basic services to the community. Does that sound like something YOUR mayor does? If you’re not so sure, check out our MoneyPolitics Spot On page.

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