The Commission elects a chairman and vice-chairman annually, and adopts
its own rules and procedures. The Commission has authority to:
Adopt ordinances, emergency ordinances, and resolutions governing the operation of government or to regulate the conduct and affairs of the residents of Knox County.
Create executive departments and divisions within the executive departments upon recommendation of the County Mayor.
Establish special districts and provide for assessments and tax levies on real and personal property or privileges for the purpose of providing services not generally available to citizens countywide.
Review and may alter the budget recommended by the County Mayor, adopt the budget, and set the county property tax rate.
Approve the issuance of bonds or other indebtedness to finance county capital improvements projects.
Approve subdivision roads that are built to standard, the sale of county property, and condemnation of property for public welfare.
Consider and approve comprehensive general and specific plans and zoning ordinances, prepared by the Metropolitan Planning Commission, and building regulations.
Adopt other ordinances and resolutions that promote the public welfare.
The Commission can, by resolution, hold public hearings, gather information, and investigate allegations of violations of the Knox County Charter, ordinances, or emergency ordinances, providing a quorum is present.