Des Moines, IA asked in Gov & Administrative Law for Iowa

Q: Does the chairperson on a city board of adjustment of five members vote? Or is he/she strictly there to run the meeting?

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A: Normally, the chairperson would vote, but it depends on the rules of the board of adjustment, which may be in the ordinance or statute creating the board, or elsewhere. If it's a five-person board (including the chair), that's further evidence that the chair may vote, because otherwise a tie could happen often, and paralyze the board.

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