Morelos is a state in South Central Mexico that is currently divided into 33 municipalities. On November 9, 2017, the state legislature approved the creation of four indigenous municipalities (Coatetelco, Xoxocotla, Hueyapan and Tetelcingo), which will come into effect on January 1, 2019. However, due to objections by authorities in Cuautla, it was decided on July 26, 2018 that Tetelcingo would not be included in the list of new municipalities.
Municipalities in Morelos are administratively autonomous of the state according to the 115th article of the 1917 Constitution of Mexico. Every three years, citizens elect a municipal president (Spanish: presidente municipal) by a plurality voting system who heads a concurrently elected municipal council (ayuntamiento) responsible for providing all the public services for their constituents. The municipal council consists of a variable number of trustees and councillors (regidores y síndicos). Municipalities are responsible for public services (such as water and sewerage), street lighting, public safety, traffic, supervision of slaughterhouses and the maintenance of public parks, gardens and cemeteries. They may also assist the state and federal governments in education, emergency fire and medical services, environmental protection and maintenance of monuments and historical landmarks. Since 1984, they have had the power to collect property taxes and user fees, although more funds are obtained from the state and federal governments than from their own income.
|INEGI code||Municipality||Municipal Seat|
|005||Coatlán del Río||Coatlán del Río|
|008||Emiliano Zapata||Emiliano Zapata|
|012||Jojutla||Jojutla de Juárez|
|013||Jonacatepec||Jonacatepec de Valle|
|017||Puente de Ixtla||Puente de Ixtla|
|022||Tetela del Volcán||Tetela del Volcán|
|029||Yautepec||Yautepec de Zaragoza|
|031||Zacatepec de Hidalgo||Zacatepec de Hidalgo|
|032||Zacualpan de Amilpas||Zacualpan de Amilpas|