Charleston, South Carolina
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- Current budget documents are posted.
- Names and contact details are provided for elected officials.
- A contact directory contains contact details for individual administrative officials.
- Meeting minutes are available, along with the most recent meeting agendas.
- Zoning details and building permit documents are available.
- Financial audits are posted.
- Open bids and award notices are listed.
- Instructions and contact details are provided for filing a Freedom of Information Act Request. A link is provided to state FOIA policies.
- Information is available regarding business taxes and fees. Property tax mill rates and revenues are posted within budget documents.
- Archived budget documents are not posted.
- Archived meeting agendas are not posted.
- Current city contracts are not available.
- Taxpayer funded lobbying efforts are not listed.
The City's fiscal year 2012 General Fund and Enterprise Funds operating budget totals $154,842,008 in expenditures, which is a 6% increase from the original approved 2011 budget and a 2.3% increase from the amended 2011 budget.
General Fund Budget Summary:
|2012 Approved Budget|
|Use of Fund Balance||$1,340,000|
|Total Revenues & Other Financing Sources||$129,040,519|
|Total Expenditures & Other Financing Uses||$132,550,350|
The City is governed by a 12 member City Council. Members are:
|F. Gary White, Jr.||1|
|James Lewis, Jr.||3|
|Robert M. Mitchell||4|
|Marvin D. Wagner||5|
|William Dudley Gregorie||6|
|Perry K. Waring||7|
|Michael S. Seekings||8|
|Dean C. Riegel||10|
|William A. Moody, Jr.||11|
|Kathleen G. Wilson||12|
A citywide contact directory can be found here.
The City provides a PDF document listing annual salaries for employees. In 2012, the City listed 10 employees earning over $100,000 per year. Employees also received a 3% cost of living adjustment effective January 21, 2012. The 10 highest paid employees were:
|Name||Position||2012 Annual Salary|
|Joseph P. Riley, Jr.||Mayor||$162,815.90|
|Gregory G. Mullen||Chief of Police||$144,545.00|
|Thomas W. Carr, Jr.||Chief of Fire||$135,700.01|
|Stephen Allen Bedard||Chief Financial Officer||$135,200.83|
|Laura Cabiness||Director of Public Service||$108,657.12|
|Adelaide Andrews||Deputy Corporation Counsel||$107,167.84|
|Mary Ann Sullivan||Senior Advisor to the Mayor||$106,518.36|
|Henry Lesesne||Senior Advisor to the Mayor||$103,510.01|
|John W. Ratterree||Chief Information Officer||$101,048.69|
|Timothy J. Keane||Director of Planning, Preservation, & Sustainability||$100,930.71|
The City does not provide information on taxpayer funded lobbying.
Property tax millage for 2012 was 76.8 mills, constant with the 2011 millage. Since 1990, according to the City's budget, property taxes have decreased 12 times, remained constant 8 times, and increased twice. Property taxes make up an estimated 43.6% of the City's total general fund revenues, down from 64.5% in 1990 as a result of revenue source diversification.
Transparency & public records
Information on how to file a Freedom of Information Act request can be found here.
- 2012 Budget Document (dead link)
- Council (dead link)
- Mayor (dead link)
- Contact Directory
- City Council Minutes
- City Council Agendas (dead link)
- Zoning (dead link)
- Documents and Forms
- Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports
- Development and Construction (dead link)
- BidLine (dead link)
- Freedom of Information Act Request
- Revenue Collections Division (dead link)
- FY 2012 Budget Document (dead link)
- 2012 Budget Salaries