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Council Actions

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Council Actions

The following actions may be considered at Council meetings:


Ordinances are legislative acts or local laws. They are the most permanent and binding form of Council action and may be changed or repealed only by a subsequent ordinance. Most ordinances are “codified” into the Tumwater Municipal Code.


Resolutions are adopted to express Council policy or to direct certain types of administrative action. Resolutions have the same effect as a motion, but in a written form. A resolution may be changed by adoption of a subsequent resolution.


Proclamations are issued solely under the Mayor’s authority. They are generally ceremonial and do not create policy or law. Proclamations are not required to be read or presented at a Council meeting. However, Proclamations are typically presented under Special Items. See Proclamation Requests for more information.


Motions are official Council actions which do not require documentation in writing. Motions are often the Council authorizing action (e.g., authorizing the Mayor to sign an agreement) or to provide direction to staff to prepare an item for future consideration.