Our Communities-Ch. 8 Lesson 1 Local Government

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local government

The government in a community takes care of things that affect people's everyday lives.

mayor

A mayor is an elected leader of city government.

city council

A group of elected people who make decisions and laws for a community.

taxes

A tax is money people pay to support their government. It pays for things a community needs.

capital

A capital is the place where the government of a state or country is located.

governor

The person that is elected to lead the state government.

capitol

A capitol is a building in which a state or national government works.

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