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About the Oakland County Board of Commissioners

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The 21-member Board of Commissioners is the governing body of the County, which is divided into 21 equally populated districts. Each district holds approximately 57,000 residents. Each Commissioner is chosen through an election to serve a single district for a two-year term of office. The powers and responsibilities of the Oakland County Board of Commissioners include:

  • Establish and formulate county policies;
  • Establish annual county property tax millage rate;
  • Adopt ordinances and rules;
  • Adopt annual county budget and long-range capital improvement program;
  • Adopt the county development plan;
  • Adopt and enforce rules establishing the authority, duties and responsibilities of county departments and offices.
The Board operates under a committee system. There are five standing committees:
  • Finance
  • General Government
  • Planning and Building
  • Public Services
  • Personnel
These committees facilitate the many items of business for which the Board of Commissioners is responsible by reviewing information and making recommendations for consideration by the entire Board.