Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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General information
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Mayor:Richard Berry
Mayor party:Nonpartisan
Last mayoral election:2013
Next mayoral election:2017
Last city council election:2013
Next city council election:2015
City council seats:9
2015 FY Budget:$893 million
City website
Composition data
Population in 2013:556,495
Gender:51.4% Female
Race:Hispanic or Latino 46.7%
White 42.1
African American alone 3.3%
Asian 2.6%
Two or More Races 4.6%
Unemployment:7.1%
Median household income:$47,399
High school graduation rate:88.1%
College graduation rate:32.6%
Related Albuquerque offices
New Mexico Congressional Delegation
New Mexico State Legislature
New Mexico state executive offices
Albuquerque is a city in Bernalillo County, New Mexico. As of 2013, its population was 556,495.[1]

City government

The city of Albuquerque utilizes a "strong mayor" and city council system. In this form of municipal government, the city council serves as the city's primary legislative body while the mayor serves as the city's chief executive.

Mayor

The mayor serves as the city's chief executive and is responsible for proposing a budget, signing legislation into law, appointing departmental directors and overseeing the city's day-to-day operations. The mayor also represents the city on the state, national and international levels. Richard Berry is the current Mayor of Albuquerque.[2]

City council

The Albuquerque City Council is the city's primary legislative body. It is responsible for adopting the city budget, approving mayoral appointees, levying taxes and making or amending city laws, policies and ordinances.[3]

Membership

The Albuquerque City Council has nine members. Each member is elected by one of the city's nine districts.[3]

A current list of council members can be found here.

Council committees

The Albuquerque City Council features three standing committees, which focus on individual policy and legislative issues. These are the Committee-of-the-Whole Budget, Finance and Government Operations Committee and Land Use, Planning and Zoning Committee. Generally, the drafting of city legislation begins with the committees.[4]

Elections

2015

See also: Albuquerque, New Mexico municipal elections, 2015

The city of Albuquerque, New Mexico will hold elections for city council in 2015. Information on election dates will be posted once they are made available. Three of the nine city council seats are up for election.

Budget

Albuquerque's adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2015 was $893 million.[5]

Contact information

Office of the Mayor
PO Box 1293
Albuquerque, NM 87103
Phone: (505) 768-3000
Email: mayorberry@cabq.gov

City Clerk's Office
P.O. Box 1293
Albuquerque NM 87103
Phone: (505) 924-3650
Email: cityclerk@cabq.gov

To contact individual city council members, see here.

Ballot measures

See also: Bernalillo County, New Mexico ballot measures

The city of Albuquerque is in Bernalillo County. A list of ballot measures in Bernalillo County is available here.

Initiative process

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in New Mexico

Population as of the July, 2011 census update: 552,804.[6]

Albuquerque is a home rule charter city and initiative is available for both ordinances and charter amendments. For ordinances, the signature requirement is more than 20% of the average number of voters who voted at the four regular municipal elections prior to filing the notice of intent or more than 20% of the number of voters who voted at the regular municipal election prior to filing the notice of intent, whichever is greater. Prior to circulation, 5 qualified voters file a notice of intent with the proposed text with the city clerk. The clerk designates the required petition form, with content requirements and required circulator disclosures found in Albuquerque Code Sec. 2-4-12. Petitions must be filed within 60 days of the notice of intent, and may be submitted in stages. After certification, the council has 14 days to pass or submit at an election held within 90 days from the initial filing of the petition. (Albuq. Charter, Art. III, Sec. 3; Albuq. Code, Sec. 2-4-10 to 2-4-15)

Restrictions: Initiative may not be used to amend or repeal, directly or indirectly any ordinance: 1. authorizing bonds or other obligations where such ordinance, bonds or other obligations appropriately have been approved at an election in the city; 2. levying or otherwise relating to special assessments; 3. which imposes, levies, increases or otherwise amends any excise tax pledged to any bonds or other obligations then outstanding; 4. which imposes, levies, increases or otherwise amends rates, tolls, fees and charges for services rendered by any municipal utility or any municipal revenue producing project if bonds or other obligations payable from the designated source are then outstanding; or 5. authorizing or otherwise relating to any city bonds or other obligations then outstanding. (Albuq. Charter, Art. III, Sec. 3)

Charter amendments are subject to the same requirements as proposed ordinances, except that after certification the proposed amendment must be submitted at an election. (Albuq. Charter, Art. VI; Albuq. Code, Sec. 2-4-10 to 2-4-15)

DocumentIcon.jpg Albuquerque Charter, Art. III and VI; Albuquerque Code, Sec. 2-4-10 to 2-4-15

Lobbying

In 2013, Albuquerque's federal lobbying related expenses amounted to approximately $64,000.[7] The issues for which the city filed in 2013, as well as the number of reports, can be seen in the box below. The issues column lists the generic issues that lobbyists working for local governments are required by law to disclose on quarterly federal disclosure forms.[8][9] The reports column gives the number of reports lobbyists filed in regards to each generic issue. To learn more about the details of the specific issues for which Albuquerque filed reports, read the federal disclosure forms by clicking the "Issues" links in the box below.

Federal Lobbying Issues, 2013
Reports Issues
4 Fed Budget & Appropriations
4 Homeland Security
4 Natural Resources
4 Taxes
4 Transportation

City website evaluation

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Transparency grading process

In 2011, the Albuquerque earned a Sunny Award for having a perfect website transparency score.

The good

  • Budget
    • The most current budget is listed.
    • Budgets are archived for 6 years.[10]
  • Administrative officials
    • Department heads are listed for each department.[11]
    • Contact information for administrative officials is provided including a mailing address, phone number, and personalized email.
  • Elected officials
    • Elected officials are listed with a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.[12]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting agendas are archived for 13 years.[13]
    • A meeting calendar is available and names the times and locations of public meetings.[14]
  • Audits
    • The most recent audit is posted.
    • Audits dating back to 2002 are available.[15]
  • Contracts
    • Bids and RFPs are posted online.
    • Approved contract statements are provided for vendors.[16]
  • Public records
    • The public information officer is identified and maintained by public records custodians. This person provides a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.[17]
    • A fee schedule for documents is provided.[18]
  • Taxes
    • Tax revenues are broken down by federal, state, and local funding in the budget.
    • Local taxes, like property taxes, are available online in budget documents.[19]
  • Lobbying
    • The city discloses it hires lobbyists and the total amount spent on lobbying.[20]
  • Permits and zoning
    • Zoning ordinances are posted online.[21]
    • Permit applications can be downloaded on the site, along with information on how to apply for the permits.[22]

See also

External links

References

  1. U.S. Census Bureau, "State and County Quick Facts," accessed on October 21, 2014
  2. City of Albuquerque, "Mayor," accessed on October 21, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 City of Albuquerque, "Council," accessed on October 21, 2014
  4. City of Albuquerque, "Council Committee," accessed on October 21, 2014
  5. City of Albuquerque, "Adopted Operating Budget FY 2015
  6. US Census, "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places in New Mexico: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2011," accessed on October 29, 2014
  7. Open Secrets, "City of Albuquerque," accessed on November 11, 2014
  8. U.S. House of Representatives: Office of the Clerk, "Lobbying Disclosure Act Guidance," accessed on November 11, 2014
  9. Open Secrets, "Methodology," accessed on November 11, 2014
  10. City of Albuquerque, "Budget," accessed on January 6, 2013
  11. City of Albuquerque, "Staff Directory," accessed on January 6, 2013
  12. City of Albuquerque, "Elected Officials," accessed on January 6, 2013
  13. City of Albuquerque, "Meeting Minutes and Agendas," accessed on January 6, 2013
  14. City of Albuquerque, "Meeting Schedule," accessed on January 6, 2013
  15. City of Albuquerque, "Audits," accessed on January 6, 2013
  16. City of Albuquerque, "Contracts," accessed on January 6, 2013
  17. City of Albuquerque, "Public Records Custodians," accessed on January 6, 2013
  18. City of Albuquerque, "Fee Schedule," accessed on January 6, 2013
  19. City of Albuquerque, "Tax Information in Budgets," accessed on January 6, 2013
  20. City of Albuquerque, "Lobbying," accessed on January 6, 2013
  21. City of Albuquerque, "Zoning," accessed on January 6, 2013
  22. City of Albuquerque, "Permit," accessed on January 6, 2013