Constitution of Virginia
Section 2. Organization and government.
The General Assembly shall provide by general law for the organization, government, powers, change of boundaries, consolidation, and dissolution of counties, cities, towns, and regional governments. The General Assembly may also provide by general law optional plans of government for counties, cities, or towns to be effective if approved by a majority vote of the qualified voters voting on any such plan in any such county, city, or town.
The General Assembly may also provide by special act for the organization, government, and powers of any county, city, town, or regional government, including such powers of legislation, taxation, and assessment as the General Assembly may determine, but no such special act shall be adopted which provides for the extension or contraction of boundaries of any county, city, or town.
Every law providing for the organization of a regional government shall, in addition to any other requirements imposed by the General Assembly, require the approval of the organization of the regional government by a majority vote of the qualified voters voting thereon in each county and city which is to participate in the regional government and of the voters voting thereon in a part of a county or city where only the part is to participate.
Section 3. Powers.
The General Assembly may provide by general law or special act that any county, city, town, or other unit of government may exercise any of its powers or perform any of its functions and may participate in the financing thereof jointly or in cooperation with the Commonwealth or any other unit of government within or without the Commonwealth. The General Assembly may provide by general law or special act for transfer to or sharing with a regional government of any services, functions, and related facilities of any county, city, town, or other unit of government within the boundaries of such regional government.
Code City of Fairfax, Virginia. Codified through Ord. No. 2003-10, enacted April 8, 2003. (Supp. No. 3)
Part I Chapter 5 Sec. 5.2. Powers.
All powers vested in the city shall be exercised by the council, except as otherwise provided in this Charter. In addition to the foregoing, the council shall have the following powers:
(a) To provide for the organization, conduct and operation of all departments, bureaus, divisions, boards, commissions, offices and agencies of the city.
(b) To create, alter or abolish departments, bureaus, divisions, boards, commissions and offices.
(c) To designate the time and place for all council meetings; provided, that special meetings of the council may be called at the request of the mayor or of not less than three (3) members thereof.
(d) To provide for the number, titles, qualifications, power, duties and compensation of all officers and employees of the city, and to supplement the salary of any elected official and his deputies and employees other than the mayor and councilmen; provided, that any such supplement shall not exceed the maximum permitted by general law.
(e) To provide for compensation of mayor in an amount not to exceed seven thousand five hundred dollars ($7,500.00) per annum.
(f) To provide for compensation of members of boards or commissions in an amount not to exceed fifty dollars ($50.00) per meeting.