Charlotte, North Carolina
|Charlotte, North Carolina|
|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|
|Population in 2013:||792,862|
Hispanic or Latino 13.1%
African American 35.0%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone 0.5%
Two or More 2.7%
|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
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
For a full list of Charlotte's boards and commissions, see here.
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.
Charlotte's adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2015 was $2.1 billion.
Office of the Mayor
600 East 4th Street
Charlotte, NC 28202-2244
Phone: (704) 336-2241
See here to contact individual council members.
In 2013, Charlotte's federal lobbying related expenses amounted to approximately $200,000. 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 Charlotte filed reports, read the federal disclosure forms by clicking the "Issues" links in the box below.
|Federal Lobbying Issues, 2013|
|4||Aviation, Airlines & Airports|
|4||Fed Budget & Appropriations|
|4||Economics & Econ Development|
- Note: The information was last reviewed on June 12, 2012.
|Transparency grading process|
- The current budget is published and previous budgets are available for the last three years
- The calendar of meetings is available.
- Meeting agendas are available, and thoroughly archived.
- Meeting minutes are available, and thoroughly archived.
- 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.
- Permit and license applications are available for download and zoning ordinances are available
- The current audit is published and previous audits are available for the last three years
- Bids are posted, including approved contracts over $10,000
- A public records contact is available and public records policies are available in a central location, including a fill in request form
- Tax revenues are available in the budget and tax rates are published
- A “How Are We Doing?” survey option is an excellent feature.
- 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.
- U.S. Census, "State and County Quick Facts," accessed on September 22, 2014
- cnn.com, "10 fastest growing U.S. cities," April 5, 2012
- City of Charlotte, "Government at a Glace," accessed on August 26, 2014
- City of Charlotte, "Boards," accessed on August 26, 2014
- Mecklenburg County Board of Elections, "Multi Year Election Schedule," accessed September 19, 2014
- City of Charlotte, "Budget," accessed on August 28, 2014
- Open Secrets, "City of Charlotte, NC," accessed on November 11, 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 Charlotte, "Budgets," accessed on August 30, 2014
- City of Charlotte, "Calendar," accessed on August 30, 2014
- City of Charlotte, "Agendas," accessed on August 30, 2014 (dead link)
- City of Charlotte, "Minutes," accessed on August 30, 2014 (dead link)
- City of Charlotte, "Administrative officials," accessed on August 30, 2014 (dead link)
- City of Charlotte, "Permits & Licenses," accessed on August 30, 2014
- City of Charlotte, "Zoning," accessed on August 30, 2014
- City of Charlotte, "CAFR reports," accessed on August 30, 2014
- City of Charlotte, "Contracts," accessed on August 30, 2014
- City of Charlotte, "Public records," accessed on August 30, 2014
- City of Charlotte, "Tax rates," accessed on August 30, 2014