The Mayor will have a number of specific powers including the ability to set a precept on council tax and charge a business rate supplement, subject to a ballot. They will also have transport powers including to draw up a local transport plan and implement bus franchising.
The elected Mayor for West Yorkshire will be a member of the Combined Authority and will chair its meetings. The other members will continue to be:
- an appointed representative from each of the constituent councils of the West Yorkshire region (likely to be the leaders of each council)
- one member from the LEP board
- one member from York City Council as a non-constituent council
- three additional elected members for political balance jointly appointed by the Constituent Councils.
The Mayor will also be a member of the LEP board