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Charlotte, North Carolina

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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General information
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Mayor:Daniel Clodfelter
Mayor party:Nonpartisan
Last mayoral election:2013
Next mayoral election:2015
Last city council election:2013
Next city council election:2015
City council seats:12
2015 FY Budget:$2.1 billion
City website
Composition data
Population in 2013:792,862
Gender:51.7% Female
Race:White 50.0%
African American 35.0%
Asian 5.0%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone 0.5%
Two or More 2.7%
Ethnicity:Hispanic or Latino 13.1%
Median household income:$52,916
High school graduation rate:88.0%
College graduation rate:39.4%
Related Charlotte offices
North Carolina Congressional Delegation
North Carolina State Legislature
North Carolina state executive offices
Charlotte is a city located in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. As of 2013, its population was 792,862.[1] According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Charlotte is one of the fastest growing cities in the Unites States. Between 2000-2010, the population increased by %64.6.[2]

City government

See also: Council-manager government

Since 1929, the city of Charlotte has utilized a council-manager system. In this form of municipal government, an elected city council, which includes the mayor and serves as the city's primary legislative body, appoints a chief executive called a city manager to oversee day-to-day municipal operations and implement the council's policy and legislative initiatives.[3]

City manager

The city manager is the city's chief executive. The responsibilities of the city manager include overseeing the city's day-to-day operations, planning and implementing the city's operating budget, carrying out council policies and hiring most city government employees.[3]


The mayor presides over city council meetings and official city ceremonies. The mayor also represents the city at the state, national and international levels. Daniel Clodfelter is the current Mayor of Charlotte.[3]

City council

The Charlotte City Council is the city's primary legislative body. It is responsible for approving and adopting the city budget, levying taxes, appointing the city manager and other city officials and making or amending city laws, policies and ordinances.[3]


The city council consists of twelve members including the mayor. While the mayor and four members are elected at-large, the other seven members are elected by one of the city's seven districts.[3] A full list of city 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 Charlotte City 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.[4]

For a full list of Charlotte's boards and commissions, see here.



See also: Charlotte, North Carolina municipal elections, 2015

The city of Charlotte, North Carolina will hold elections for mayor and city council on November 3, 2015. A primary will take place on September 15, 2015. A primary runoff, if necessary, will take place on October 6, 2015. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election is July 17, 2015. All 11 city council seats are up for election.[5]


Charlotte's adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2015 was $2.1 billion.[6]

Contact information

Office of the Mayor
600 East 4th Street
Charlotte, NC 28202-2244
Phone: (704) 336-2241

See here to contact individual council members.

Ballot Measures

See also: Mecklenburg County, North Carolina ballot measures

Orlando is in Mecklenburg County. A list of ballot measures in Mecklenburg County is available here.

Initiative process

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in North Carolina

Charlotte is a charter city. For information on how voters can amend the charter, see here.


In 2013, Charlotte's federal lobbying related expenses amounted to approximately $200,000.[7] 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.[8][9] 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 Charlotte filed reports, read the federal disclosure forms by clicking the "Issues" links in the box below.

Federal Lobbying Issues, 2013
Reports Issues
4 Aviation, Airlines & Airports
4 Fed Budget & Appropriations
4 Economics & Econ Development
4 Transportation

Website evaluation

Note: The information was last reviewed on June 12, 2012.
Budget Y
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Meetings Y
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Elected Officials Y
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Administrative Officials P
Permits, zoning Y
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Audits Y
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Contracts Y
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Lobbying N
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Public Records Y
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Local Taxes Y
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Transparency grading process

The good

  • The current budget is published and previous budgets are available for the last three years[10]
  • The calendar of meetings is available.[11]
  • Meeting agendas are available, and thoroughly archived.[12]
  • Meeting minutes are available, and thoroughly archived.[13]
  • Names of elected officials, individual email address, individual phone numbers, and a physical address is available
  • Names of administrative officials is available, including an organizational chart, but specific contact information including email, phone numbers, and addresses is incomplete.[14]
  • Permit and license applications are available for download[15] and zoning ordinances are available[16]
  • The current audit is published and previous audits are available for the last three years[17]
  • Bids are posted, including approved contracts over $10,000[18]
  • A public records contact is available and public records policies are available in a central location, including a fill in request form[19]
  • Tax revenues are available in the budget and tax rates are published[20]
  • A “How Are We Doing?” survey option is an excellent feature.

The bad

  • Administrative officials’ contact information is incomplete.
  • A search of lobbying information did not generate relevant results regarding employed lobbyists, memberships in lobbying organizations, and associated fees.

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