Baton Rouge, Louisiana
|Baton Rouge, Louisiana|
|Last mayoral election:||2012|
|Next mayoral election:||2016|
|Last city council election:||2012|
|Next city council election:||2016|
|City council seats:||12|
|2014 FY Budget:||$819 million|
|Population in 2013:||229,426|
|Race:||African American 54.5%|
Two or More Races 1.3%
|Ethnicity:||Hispanic or Latino 3.3%|
|Median household income:||$38,974|
|High school graduation rate:||84.8%|
|College graduation rate:||32.7%|
|Related Baton Rouge offices|
|Louisiana Congressional Delegation|
Louisiana State Legislature
Louisiana state executive offices
- See also: Mayor-council government
The city of Baton Rouge 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 - also called the mayor-president because of Baton Rouge's consolidation with East Baton Rouge Parish - 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. Kip Holden is the current Mayor of Baton Rouge.
The Baton Rouge Metro 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 Baton Rouge Metro Council is made up of twelve members, each of whom is elected by one of the city's twelve districts.
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 Baton Rouge Metro 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.
For a full list of Baton Rouge municipal boards and commissions, see here.
Baton Rouge's adopted operating budget in 2014 was $819 million.
Office of the Mayor
222 Saint Louis St.
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Phone: (225) 389-3100
222 Saint Louis St.
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Phone: (225) 389-3123
To contact individual council members, see here.
No ordinance initiative or referendum process was found in the Baton Rouge City charter or code. Charter amendments may be initiated by petition signed by 10% of the number of votes cast for Sheriff at the last preceding election of Parish officers (Baton Rouge Charter, Sec. 11.09).
In 2013, Baton Rouge's federal lobbying related expenses amounted to approximately $100,000. 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 Baton Rouge filed reports, read the federal disclosure forms by clicking the "Issues" links in the box below.
|Federal Lobbying Issues, 2013|
City website evaluation
|Transparency grading process|
- Main article: Evaluation of Louisiana city websites
- Contains a full listing of council members and their emails, along with meeting agendas and minutes.
- Administrative officials listed with contact information.
- Budget is published.
- Meeting schedule, minutes, agendas posted.
- Zoning information available in Unified Development Code. Building permits available.
- Audits are available.
- Local tax information is available.
- Contract bid information posted, current contracts are not posted.
- Does not disclose if it belongs to any government sector lobbying associations.
- Does not include information on how to make a public records request.
- City of Baton Rouge, "Plan of Government," accessed on October 28, 2014
- U.S. Census Bureau, "State and County Quick Facts," accessed on October 28, 2014
- City of Baton Rouge, "Our City-Parish Government," accessed on October 28, 2014 (timed out)
- City of Baton Rouge, "Office of the Mayor," accessed on October 28, 2014
- City of Baton Rouge, "City Council," accessed on October 28, 2014
- City of Baton Rouge, "Boards," accessed on October 28, 2014
- City of Baton Rouge, "Final Budget 2014," accessed on October 28, 2014
- Open Secrets, "City of Baton Rouge, LA," accessed on October 28, 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
- City of Baton Rouge, "Metropolitan Council," accessed on October 28, 2014
- City of Baton Rouge, "Officials," accessed on October 28, 2014
- City of Baton Rouge, "Baton Rouge budget," accessed on October 28, 2014
- City of Baton Rouge, "Baton Rouge agendas and meetings," accessed on October 28, 2014
- City of Baton Rouge, "Development Code," accessed on October 28, 2014
- City of Baton Rouge, "Building Permits," accessed on October 28, 2014
- City of Baton Rouge, "Audits," accessed on October 28, 2014
- City of Baton Rouge, "Finance," accessed on October 28, 2014
- City of Baton Rouge, "Bids," accessed on October 28, 2014
State of Louisiana
Baton Rouge (capital)
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