Arlington, Texas

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Arlington, Texas is a city in Tarrant County, Texas.

Elections

2014

The city of Arlington, Texas held elections for city council on May 10, 2014. Four of the eight city council seats were up for election.[1]

Current members, Irving City Council
District Councilmember
1 Charlie Parker
2 Sheri Capehart
3 Robert Rivera
4 Kathryn Wilemon
5 Lana Wolff
6 Robert Shepard
7 (At-Large) Jimmy Bennett
8 (At-Large) Michael Glaspie

Taxpayer-funded lobbying

Main article: Texas Municipal League members list

Arlington pays membership dues to the Texas Municipal League, a government sector lobbying association.

Website evaluation

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Transparency grading process

Last rated on November 25, 2012

The good

  • Budget
    • The most current budget is listed.
    • Budgets are archived for 9 years.[2]
  • Administrative Officials
    • Contact information for administrative officials is provided including a mailing address, phone number, and contact form.[3]
  • Elected Officials
    • Elected officials are listed with a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.[4]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting minutes are archived for 5 years.
    • Meeting agendas are archived for 5 years.[5]
    • A meeting calendar is available and names the times and locations of public meetings.[6]
    • Meeting video or podcasts are available.
  • Audits
    • The most recent audit is posted.
    • Audits dating back to 1998 are available.[7]
  • Contracts
    • Bids and RFPs are posted online.[8]
    • Approved contract statements are provided for vendors.[9][10]
  • Taxes
    • Tax revenues are broken down by federal, state, and local funding in the budget.
    • Local taxes, like property taxes, are available online.[11]
  • Lobbying
    • The city discloses it hires lobbyists and the total amount spent on lobbying.[12][13]
  • Permits and zoning
    • Zoning ordinances are posted online.
    • Permit applications can be downloaded on the site, along with information on how to apply for the permits.[14]

The bad

  • Administrative Officials
    • Department heads are not listed for every department.
    • The mayor and other administrative officials have contact forms instead of personalized email addresses provided.
  • Public Records
    • The public information officer is not identified. Sunshine Review requires a mailing address, phone number and personalized email be listed with this position.

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