Chandler, Arizona

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Chandler is a city located in Maricopa County, Arizona, and is a prominent suburb of the Phoenix Metropolitan Area. It is bordered to the north and west by Tempe, to the north by Mesa, to the west by Phoenix, to the south by the Gila River Indian Community, and to the east by Gilbert. The population was 236,123 according to the Census Bureau 2010.[1] It also has satellite locations for many technology companies, including Intel and Orbital Sciences Corporation.

Elected Officials

Chandler is represented by a mayor, a vice mayor and council members. The vice mayor is elected by the city council from among its members. The mayor, vice mayor and council members represent the entire city and are not elected from districts or wards.

Budget

Total Revenues by Category

Revenues by Category 2009-10
Actual
Budget
2010-11
Adjusted
Budget
2010-12
Adopted
Budget
% Change
Adopted -
Adjusted
Local Taxes and License $84,741,314 $86,713,900 $88,763,000 2.4%
State/County Shared Revenue 85,715,906 59,701,331 56,924,900 -4.7%
Charges for Services 14,712,831 12,711,215 15,916,850 25.2%
Miscellaneous Receipts 16,869,611 14,638,948 103,199,431 605.0%
Enterprise Revenue 83,721,074 93,068,027 101,010,712 8.5%
System Development Fees 11,485,394 10,677,087 11,040,000 3.4%
Interfund Charges 6,272,738 16,337,038 21,003,814 28.6%
Property Tax 40,623,069 35,265,000 31,802,600 -9.8%
Total Revenues by Category $ 344,141,937 $329,112,546 $ 429,661,307 30.6%
”Total Revenues by Category Adjusted” $344,141,937 $329,112,546 $337,985,330 2.7%

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

The City of Chandler is seeking recovery dollars directly through established federal programs that received additional funding as well as through competitive grants available from the state and federal government. The Mayor and City Council are working closely with City staff to pursue competitive grant opportunities, although in some cases we are awaiting specific information from the state and federal governments regarding eligibility criteria, funding amounts and deadlines.[2]

The City is committed to obtaining as many benefits from ARRA as possible for the residents of Chandler and will update this site as additional funds are awarded.[2]

Taxpayer-funded lobbying associations

Chandler is a member of the Arizona League of Cities and Towns, a government sector lobbying association.[3] It submitted a resolution which would lower signature requirements in local nonpartisan elections for adoption in the Arizona League.

ARRA Funds Awarded to Chandler

Public Transit Funds

  • $11.5 million in transit improvements planned for Arizona Avenue will be used for a new Bus Rapid Transit route providing faster bus service with limited stops. The route will begin at Chandler’s Park & Ride in south Chandler and connect to Light Rail in Mesa.

Streets Funds

  • Roadway funding of $5,923,954 will be used to improve a section of Price road between Germann and Queen Creek roads and to widen the Dobson Road/Chandler Boulevard intersection.

Transportation Enhancement Projects

  • $750,000 has been allocated to Chandler for transportation enhancements and will be used to complete the Paseo Trail multi-use path along the Consolidated Canal between Pecos Road and Galveston Street.

Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP)

  • Homelessness prevention funds totaling $575,271 will assist family stabilization, transitional shelter and homeless prevention programs in Chandler.

Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Funds

  • A grant from the U. S. Department of Energy for $2,274,500 will go toward energy efficiency and conservation projects.

Community Development Block Grant

  • $376,240 in new Community Development Block Grant funds will be spent to install traffic-calming devices along a section of Knox Road between Alma School Road and Arizona Avenue to improve the safety for pedestrians and bicyclists. The project includes a raised crosswalk, bulb-outs, bike lanes, landscaped medians and defined parking areas.

Public Housing Capital Funds

  • Housing funds totaling $595,661 will go toward the replacement of heating, ventilation and cooling units in approximately160 apartments located in four public housing complexes.

Public Safety Funds

  • The Police Department has been awarded $433,610 from the Department of Justice (Justice Assistance Grant) to purchase investigative and training equipment and to hire a Records Management System Coordinator to manage the installation and configuration of a new Records Management System.

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Transparency grading process

In 2010, Chandler received its first Sunny Award. In 2011, Chandler earned a Sunny Awards for having a perfect website transparency score. The City received their second consecutive A+ rating in 2012.

This website was reviewed on an unknown date.

The good

  • Budget
    • The most current budget is listed.
    • Budgets are archived for 5 years.[4]
  • Administrative Officials
    • Department heads are listed for each department.[5]
    • Contact information for administrative officials is provided including a mailing address, phone number, and personalized email.
  • Elected Officials
    • Elected officials are listed with a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.[6]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting minutes are archived for 6 years.[7]
    • Meeting agendas are archived for 6 years.[8]
    • A meeting calendar is available and names the times and locations of public meetings.[9]
  • Audits
    • The most recent audit is posted.[10]
    • Audits are available since 2007-2008.[11]
  • Contracts
    • Bids and RFPs are posted online.
    • Approved contract statements are provided for vendors.[12]
  • Public Records
    • The public information officer is identified and maintained by the City Clerk. This person provides a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.[13]
    • A public records form is provided by the City Clerk.[14]
    • A fee schedule for documents is provided.
  • Taxes
    • Tax revenues are broken down by federal, state, and local funding in the budget.[15]
    • Local taxes, like property taxes, are available online.[16]
    • Residents are able to pay taxes online.[17]
  • Lobbying
  • Permits and zoning
    • Zoning ordinances are posted online.[19]
    • Permit applications can be downloaded on the site, along with information on how to apply for the permits.[20]

External links

References