The Town of Lake Lure is a full-service community and provides the complete range of traditional municipal functions. These include
police and fire protection, water and sewer service, solid waste, garbage and
recycling collection, planning and zoning services, and recreational opportunities.
The Town of Lake Lure was incorporated in 1927 and operates under the council-manager form of government. The original town charter was revised in 1987 upon ratification by the North Carolina General Assembly and currently defines the governing body.
The Town of Lake Lure offers quite a few extras, too. The town has 27 miles of lake shore line, a beach area, marina, municipal golf course, community center, and visitor center.
The governing body of the Town of Lake Lure is the Board of Commissioners, also known as the town council. It has four members and the mayor. Members of the Town Council are elected to four-year staggered terms with two members elected in each odd-numbered year. The mayor is elected with a two-year term and presides at town council meetings. A mayor pro-tem is selected by the council and presides in the mayor's absence. The mayor can vote on matters before the town council only when there are equal numbers of votes in the affirmative and in the negative - also called a split vote.
The town council passes ordinances, adopts the annual budget, hires the town manager and appoints citizens to numerous boards, commissions and committees to assist with the work of governing the town. The town council also selects and appoints a town manager for an indefinite term. The town manager attends all meetings of the town council with the right to take part in discussions, but without the right to vote, and carries the responsibility for making recommendations to the town council as he deems necessary for the benefit of the public.
The town attorney advises the town council, and department heads on legal matters and procedures. He prepares agreements, deeds, leases, and other miscellaneous legal documents.
The town auditor reviews the financial records annually and gives a professional opinion based on acceptable municipal accounting principles and practices.