Belton has the council-mayor form of government with six council members and a mayor.
Under this form, the mayor and each council member have the same authority.
A city administrator is employed to carry out the council’s policies, oversee day to day operations, and supervise city employees.
The mayor and the council members serve a four year staggered term. While council members must reside in the ward they represent, all voters vote for all council members and the mayor. This results in all areas of the town being equally represented, but also insures that each member of the council is responsive to the needs of all citizens.