Chesapeake, Virginia

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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General information
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Mayor:Alan P. Krasnoff
Mayor party:Nonpartisan
Last mayoral election:2012
Next mayoral election:2016
Last city council election:2012
Next city council election:2014
City council seats:9
2014-15 FY Budget:$923,737,157
City website
Composition data
Population in 2013:230,571
Gender:51.2% Female
Race:White 63.0%
Hispanic or Latino 5.0%
African American 30.0%
Asian 3.3%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone 0.5%
Two or More 3.1%
Unemployment:4.6%
Median household income:$70,244
High school graduation rate:89.6%
College graduation rate:28.4%
Related Chesapeake offices
Virginia Congressional Delegation
Virginia State Legislature
Virginia state executive offices
Chesapeake is a city located in the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is considered a county-equivalent. As of 2013, its population was 230,571.[1]

City government

The city of Chesapeake utilizes 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. 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.[2]

Mayor

The mayor presides over city council meetings and official city ceremonies. Alan P. Krasnoff is the current mayor of Chesapeake. [2]

City council

The Chesapeake City Council is the city's primary legislative body. It is responsible for approving and adopting the city budget, levying taxes and making or amending city laws, policies and ordinances.[2]

Membership

The city council consists of nine members including the mayor. All are elected at-large.[2]

A full list of city council members can be found here.

Commissions, boards and committees

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 Chesapeake 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.[3]

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

Elections

2014

See also: Chesapeake, Virginia municipal elections, 2014

The city of Chesapeake, Virginia held elections for city council on May 6, 2014. Five of the eight council seats were up for election. Elections are held every two years on the first Tuesday in May to fill expiring terms.[4][5][6]

Budget

Chesapeake's approved operating budget for fiscal year 2014-15 was $923,737,157.[7]

Contact information

City Clerk
306 Cedar Road
Chesapeake, VA 23322
Phone: (757) 382-6151

See here to contact individual council members.

Ballot Measures

As of August 2014, the city of Chesapeake does have a local initiative process. For more information, see Laws governing ballot measures in Virginia and Laws governing local ballot measures in Virginia.

Lobbying

In 2013, Chesapeake spent a total of $138,000 on federal lobbying. The city filed three reports for Federal Budget and Appropriations and one report for Transportation.[8]

Website evaluation

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Transparency grading process

This website was reviewed on December 2, 2011.

The good

  • City council members are listed with term expirations and contact information.[9]
  • Meeting agendas and minutes are posted.[10]
  • The city outlines its lobbying goals.[11]
  • The city provides information on federal stimulus funds it has received.[12]
  • Audits are posted.[13]
  • Budgets are posted.[14]
  • Zoning information is posted,[15] and building permits are available.[16]
  • Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports are posted.[17]
  • Bid opportunities are posted,[18] along with contract awards.[19]
  • Administrative contacts are listed in departmental pages.
  • Local tax rates are posted.[20][21]

The bad

See also

External links

References

  1. U.S. Census, "State and County Quick Facts," accessed August 28, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 City of Chesapeake, "Plan of Government," accessed on August 26, 2014
  3. City of Chesapeake, "Boards," accessed on August 26, 2014
  4. City of Chesapeake, Virginia, "Council and Mayoral Elections," accessed April 28, 2014
  5. City of Chesapeake, "Election Information," accessed May 5, 2014
  6. City of Chesapeake, "Official candidate list," accessed May 5, 2014
  7. City of Chesapeake, "Operating Budget for Fiscal Year Beginning July 1, 2014," accessed on August 28, 2014
  8. Opensecrets.org, "City of Chesapeake," accessed on August 28, 2014
  9. City of Chesapeake, "City Council Members," accessed December 2, 2011
  10. City of Chesapeake, "Council Meetings," accessed December 2, 2011
  11. City of Chesapeake, "Legislative Package," accessed December 2, 2011
  12. City of Chesapeake, "Recovery and Reinvestment Act," accessed December 2, 2011
  13. City of Chesapeake, "Annual Reports," accessed December 2, 2011
  14. City of Chesapeake, "Budget Department," accessed December 2, 2011
  15. City of Chesapeake, "Zoning Administration," accessed December 2, 2011
  16. City of Chesapeake, "Building Permits and Inspections," accessed December 2, 2011
  17. City of Chesapeake, "CAFR," accessed December 2, 2011
  18. City of Chesapeake, "Solicitations," accessed December 2, 2011
  19. City of Chesapeake, "Recent Contract Awards," accessed December 2, 2011
  20. City of Chesapeake, "Local Tax Rates," accessed December 2, 2011
  21. City of Chesapeake, "Real Estate Taxes," accessed December 2, 2011
  22. City of Chesapeake, "FOIA," accessed December 2, 2011