In 1975, the South Carolina Legislature enacted into law Act Number 283 which is now known as "The Home Rule Act." This Act required municipalities to adopt by ordinance one of the three prescribed forms of local government. On September 7, 1976, the City of Gaffney adopted the Council Form of Government. The legislative body of the government of the City of Gaffney is comprised of a Mayor and six Council members. The City is divided into six districts and each district is represented by a Council member who resides in the district. The Mayor is elected at large by the citizens and serves four-year terms. Members of the City Council serve four-year terms and are elected by the voters of the district in which they reside. Elections are held every two years (even-numbered years) and are held on the second Tuesday of August.