Aurora, Colorado

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Aurora, Colorado
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General information
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Mayor:Steve Hogan
Mayor party:Nonpartisan
Last mayoral election:2011
Next mayoral election:April 7, 2015
Last city council election:2013
Next city council election:April 7, 2015
City council seats:11
2014 FY Budget:$591.4 million
City website
Composition data
Population in 2013:345,803
Gender:50.8% Female
Race:White 47.3%
African American 15.7%
Hispanic or Latino 28.7%
Asian 4.9%
Two or More Races 5.2%
Unemployment:5.8%
Median household income:$51,048
High school graduation rate:85.6%
College graduation rate:26.6%
Related Aurora offices
Colorado Congressional Delegation
Colorado State Legislature
Colorado state executive offices
Aurora is a city in Colorado. It spans three counties. These are Arapahoe County, Adams County and Douglas County. As of 2013, its population was 345,803.[1]

City government

See also: Council-manager government

The city of Aurora utilizes a council-manager system. In this form of municipal government, an elected city council, which includes the mayor and serves as the city's primary legislative body, appoints a chief executive called a city manager to oversee day-to-day municipal operations and implement the council's policy and legislative initiatives.[2][3]

City manager

The city manager is the city's chief executive. The responsibilities of the city manager include overseeing the city's day-to-day operations, planning and implementing the city's operating budget and appointing departmental directors and other senior-level positions.[3]

Mayor

The mayor presides over city council meetings and official city ceremonies. The mayor also represents the city on the state, national and international levels. Steve Hogan is the current Mayor of Aurora.[4]

City council

The Aurora 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.[4]

Membership

The Aurora City Council is made up of eleven members, including the mayor. Six members are elected by the city's six wards, while four other members and the mayor are elected at-large.[4]

A current list of council members can be found here.

Boards and commissions

A series of advisory boards and commissions that are made up of non-elected citizens, whom city council members have appointed and approved, advises the Aurora City Council. The roles of these boards and commissions are to review, debate and comment upon city policies and legislation and to make recommendations to the city council.[5]

For a full list of Aurora city boards and commissions, see here.

Elections

2015

See also: Aurora, Colorado municipal elections, 2015

The city of Aurora, Colorado will hold elections for mayor and city council on November 3, 2015. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election is August 27, 2015. Five of the ten city council seats are up for election.[6]

Budget

Aurora's adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2014 was $591.4 million.[7]

Contact information

City Clerk's Office
15151 E. Alameda Parkway
1st Floor
Aurora, CO 80012
Phone: 303-739-7094
Email: cityclerk@auroragov.org

To contact individual council members, see here.

Ballot measures

See also: Arapahoe County, Colorado ballot measures, Adams County, Colorado ballot measures and Douglas County, Colorado ballot measures

The city of Aurora spans three counties. These are Arapahoe County, Adams County and Douglas County. A list of ballot measures in Arapahoe County is available here; in Adams County, here; and in Douglas County, here .

Initiative process

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Colorado

Population as of the July, 2011 census update: 332,354.[8] Aurora is a charter city.

The signature requirement is 15% of the total vote cast in the last regular municipal election. File statement of intent and prepared petition with city clerk for review and designation of a ballot title. Petition form requirements are in the Aurora Code, Sec. 54.103. Petitions must be filed within 120 days of the clerk's designation of the title. After certification, the council has 30 days to pass or shall call a special election within 150 days, unless a regular municipal election is set within 90 days.

DocumentIcon.jpg Aurora Charter, Art. VI; Aurora Code Chap. 54-101 to 112

Lobbying

In 2013, Aurora's federal lobbying related expenses amounted to approximately $210,000.[9] 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.[10][11] 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 Aurora filed reports, read the federal disclosure forms by clicking the "Issues" links in the box below.

Federal Lobbying Issues, 2013
Reports Issues
8 Transportation
4 Taxes
4 Fed Budget & Appropriations
4 Firearms, Guns & Ammunition
3 Natural Resources
1 Clean Air & Water

See also

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