Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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General information
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Mayor:Kip Holden
Mayor party:Democratic
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
City website
Composition data
Population in 2013:229,426
Gender:51.9% Female
Race:African American 54.5%
White 37.8%
Asian 3.3%
Two or More Races 1.3%
Ethnicity:Hispanic or Latino 3.3%
Unemployment:6.7%
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
Baton Rouge is a city in Louisiana. Since 1947, its government has been consolidated with that of East Baton Rouge Parish.[1] As of 2013, the population of Baton Rouge was 229,426.[2]

City government

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.[1][3]

Mayor

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.[1][4]

City council

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.[5]

Membership

The Baton Rouge Metro Council is made up of twelve members, each of whom is elected by one of the city's twelve districts.[5]

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.[6]

For a full list of Baton Rouge municipal boards and commissions, see here.

Budget

Baton Rouge's adopted operating budget in 2014 was $819 million.[7]

Contact information

Office of the Mayor
222 Saint Louis St.
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Phone: (225) 389-3100
Email: brinfo@brgov.com

City Council
222 Saint Louis St.
Room 364
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Phone: (225) 389-3123
Email: counciladmin@brgov.com

To contact individual council members, see here.

Ballot measures

See also: East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana ballot measures

The city of Baton Rouge is in East Baton Rouge Parish. A list of ballot measures in East Baton Rouge Parish is available here.

Initiative process

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Louisiana

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).

Baton Rouge Charter

Lobbying

In 2013, Baton Rouge's federal lobbying related expenses amounted to approximately $100,000.[8] 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.[9][10] 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
Reports Issues
2 Urban Development
2 Utilities
1 Government Issues

City website evaluation

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Transparency grading process
Main article: Evaluation of Louisiana city websites

The good

  • Contains a full listing of council members and their emails, along with meeting agendas and minutes.[11]
  • Administrative officials listed with contact information.[12]
  • Budget is published.[13]
  • Meeting schedule, minutes, agendas posted.[14]
  • Zoning information available in Unified Development Code.[15] Building permits available.[16]
  • Audits are available.[17]
  • Local tax information is available.[18]

The bad

  • Contract bid information posted, current contracts are not posted.[19]
  • Does not disclose if it belongs to any government sector lobbying associations.
  • Does not include information on how to make a public records request.

See also

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