As the Town of Rhinebeck's governing body, the Town Board oversees all municipal functions in the town and some joint municipal activities in the town and village, including recreation, tax collection, property assessment, Web site management, senior citizens programs and certain permits.
The five members of the town board -- comprising the supervisor, deputy supervisor and three members at large, commonly referred to as "councilpersons" -- serve as legislators when they sit together in public session at Town Board meetings. As a board, they adopt budgets, tax rates, laws and resolutions; approve contracts; and hire all staff. The elected town supervisor serves as chair of the board, prepares agendas, and leads all public board meetings.
Acting in their administrative capacity, members of the Town Board also serve as liaisons to departments, committees and councils.