|Last mayoral election:||2011|
|Next mayoral election:||2016|
|Last city council election:||2011|
|Next city council election:||2016|
|City council seats:||15|
|2015 FY Budget:||$1.648 billion|
|Population in 2013:||622,104|
|Race:||African American 63.3%|
Hispanic or Latino 4.6%
Two or More Races 2.0%
|Median household income:||$40,803|
|High school graduation rate:||79.6%|
|College graduation rate:||26.1%|
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Maryland State Legislature
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- 1 City government
- 2 Elections
- 3 Budget
- 4 Contact information
- 5 Ballot measures
- 6 Lobbying
- 7 Public pensions
- 8 City website evaluation
- 9 See also
- 10 External links
- 11 References
The city of Baltimore 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.
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. Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is the current Mayor of Baltimore.
The Baltimore 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.
The Baltimore City Council has fifteen members. Fourteen are elected by the city's fourteen districts, while the Council President, who presides over council meetings, is elected at-large.
A current list of council members can be found here.
The Baltimore City Council features twelve standing committees, which focus on individual policy and legislative issues. Generally, the drafting of city legislation begins with the committees.
A current list of Baltimore City Council committees can be found here.
Baltimore last held elections for city council and mayor in November 2011. Normally, the next election would take place in 2015, but in 2012 the city of Baltimore chose to move its municipal elections from odd years to even years in order to align them with state and federal elections. This means that Baltimore's next municipal election will take place in 2016.
Baltimore's adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2015 was $1.648 billion.
Office of the Mayor
City of Baltimore
100 North Holliday Street
Baltimore, Maryland, 21202
The mayor's office website also provides an online contact form. It can be accessed here.
100 N. Holliday Street, Suite 400
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
To contact individual council members, see here.
Baltimore is a charter city and follows the state process for initiative and referendum.
In 2013, Baltimore's federal lobbying related expenses amounted to approximately $136,000. 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. 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 Baltimore filed reports, read the federal disclosure forms by clicking the "Issues" links in the box below.
|Federal Lobbying Issues, 2013|
|8||Disaster & Emergency Planning|
|8||Law Enforcement & Crime|
|4||Roads & Highways|
|4||Economics & Econ Development|
|4||Alcohol & Drug Abuse|
|4||Fed Budget & Appropriations|
|4||Clean Air & Water|
|4||Radio & TV Broadcasting|
- See also: Maryland public pensions
According to a 2010 report published at Northwestern University, Baltimore is one of the ten municipalities with the largest amount of unfunded pension liabilities. Nationwide there is $574 billion in unfunded pension liabilities for local pension plans, and this is in addition to the $3 trillion in debt facing state-sponsored pension plans. The report states that the pension plans could be out of money as early at 2025.
City website evaluation
- See also: Evaluation of Maryland city websites
|Transparency grading process|
- Vendor payments are provided.
- Posts information about audits and the current budget.
- City council members and their contact information are listed.
- Meeting minutes for 2010 are posted.
- Permits application and fees are listed on the website.
- Zoning information is available.
- Offers information and online payment for taxes.
- Information about lobbyist registration is posted on the website.
- Does not list specific contact information for filing for a public records request.
- Does not disclose lobbying activities or membership to a government sector lobbying association.
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- U.S. Census Bureau, "State and County Quick Facts," accessed on October 21, 2014
- City of Baltimore, "Office of the Mayor," accessed on October 21, 2014
- Baltimore City Council, "About," accessed on October 21, 2014
- Baltimore City Council, "Committees," accessed on October 21, 2014
- Baltimore Sun, "Next Baltimore election delayed for 1 year," April 2, 2012
- City of Baltimore Adopted Operating Budget FY 2015, accessed on October 21, 2014
- Open Secrets, "City of Baltimore, MD," accessed on October 21, 2014
- U.S. House of Representatives: Office of the Clerk, "Lobbying Disclosure Act Guidance," accessed on November 11, 2014
- Open Secrets, "Methodology," accessed on November 11, 2014
- MacIver Institute, "City of Milwaukee Pension a Ticking Time Bomb According to Northwestern Study," Oct. 12, 2010
- City of Baltimore, "Vendor payments," accessed on October 21, 2014
- City of Baltimore, "Finance Department," accessed on October 21, 2014
- City of Baltimore, "City Council," accessed on October 21, 2014
- City of Baltimore, "Meetings," accessed on October 21, 2014
- City of Baltimore, "Baltimore Housing," accessed on October 21, 2014
- City of Baltimore, "Zoning," accessed on October 21, 2014
- City of Baltimore, "Taxes," accessed on October 21, 2014
- City of Baltimore, "Lobbyist Registration Ordinance," accessed on October 21, 2014