Cincinnati, Ohio

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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General information
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Mayor:John Cranley
Mayor party:Nonpartisan
Last mayoral election:November 5, 2013
Next mayoral election:2017
Last city council election:November 5, 2013
Next city council election:2015
City council seats:9
2015 FY Budget:$358 million
City website
Composition data
Population in 2013:297,517
Gender:52.0% Female
Race:White 48.1%
African American 44.8%
Hispanic or Latino 2.8%
Asian 1.8%
Two or More Races 2.5%
Unemployment:5.5%
Median household income:$33,708
High school graduation rate:83.9%
College graduation rate:31.3%
Related Cincinnati offices
Ohio Congressional Delegation
Ohio State Legislature
Ohio state executive offices
Cincinnati is a city in Hamilton County, Ohio. As of 2013, its population was 297,517.[1]

City government

See also: Mayor-council government and Council-manager government

The city government of Cincinnati blends elements of the strong-mayor and council-manager systems. While the mayor serves as the city's chief executive officer and the city council serves as the city's primary legislative body, a city-manager, whom the mayor appoints and the city council approves, serves as the city's chief administrative officer.[2]

Mayor

The mayor serves as the city's chief executive and is responsible for proposing a budget, signing legislation into law and appointing departmental directors. He or she presides over council meetings, proposes legislation for discussion and holds the power to appoint or remove committee heads, but does not have the authority to vote. The mayor also represents the city on the state, national and international levels. John Cranley is the current Mayor of Cincinnati.[3][4]

City manager

The city manager is the city's chief administrative officer. He or she is appointed by the mayor and approved by the city council. The responsibilities of the city manager include overseeing the city's day-to-day operations, carrying out the legislative initiatives of the mayor and city council and assisting in the planning and implementation of the city's budget.[5][6]

City council

The Cincinnati City Council is the city's primary legislative body. It is responsible for adopting the city budget, approving mayoral appointees, levying taxes and making or amending city laws, policies and ordinances.[7]

Membership

The Cincinnati City Council is made up of nine members, each of whom is elected at-large.[8]

A current list of council members can be found here.

Council committees

The Cincinnati City Council features eight standing committees, which focus on individual policy and legislative issues. Generally, the drafting of city legislation begins with the committees.[9]

A current list of Cincinnati City Council committees 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, the mayor or the city manager have appointed and approved, advises the Cincinnati 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.[10]

For a full list of Cincinnati boards and commissions, see here.

Elections

2015

See also: Cincinnati, Ohio municipal elections, 2015

The city of Cincinnati, Ohio will hold elections for city council in 2015. Information on election dates will be posted once they are made available. All nine city council seats are up for election.

Budget

Cincinnati's adopted general fund budget for fiscal year 2015 was $358 million.[11]

Contact information

Office of the Mayor
801 Plum St., Suite 150
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: (513) 352-3250
Email: mayor.cranley@cincinnati-oh.gov

To contact individual council members, see here.

Ballot measures

See also: Hamilton County, Ohio ballot measures

The city of Cincinnati is in Hamilton County. A list of ballot measures in Hamilton County is available here.

Initiative process

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Ohio

Cincinnati follows state law for initiative and referendum.

Lobbying

In 2013, Cincinnati's federal lobbying related expenses amounted to approximately $110,000.[12] 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.[13][14] 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 Cincinnati filed reports, read the federal disclosure forms by clicking the "Issues" links in the box below.

Federal Lobbying Issues, 2013
Reports Issues
4 Fed Budget & Appropriations
4 Transportation

City website evaluation

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Budget Y
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Elected Officials Y
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Administrative Officials Y
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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

This Web site was most recently reviewed on an unknown date.

The good

  • Budget
    • The most current budget is listed.
    • Budgets are archived for 12 years.[15]
  • Administrative Officials
    • Department heads are listed for each department.[16]
    • 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.[17]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting minutes are archived for 2 years.[18]
    • Most recent agenda is posted.[19]
    • A meeting calendar is available and names the times and locations of public meetings.[20]
    • Meeting videos are available.[21]
  • Audits
    • The most recent audit is posted.
    • Audits dating back to 2001 are available.[22]
  • Contracts
    • Bids and RFPs are posted online.[23]
    • Approved contract statements are provided for vendors.[24]
  • Public Records
    • The public information officer is identified and maintained by the city manager position. This person provides a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.[25]
  • Taxes
    • Tax revenues are broken down by federal, state, and local funding in the budget.
    • Local taxes, like property taxes, are available online.[26]
  • Permits and zoning
    • Zoning ordinances are posted online.
    • Permit applications can be downloaded on the site, along with information on how to apply for the permits.[27]

The bad

  • Public Records
    • Fee schedule and public records request form not available.
  • Meetings
    • Meeting minutes and agendas are not archived for 3-5 years.
  • Lobbying
    • If the county engaged in lobbying actives or if it's a member of government lobbying associations are not disclosed. Nor is the total cost lobbying activities or membership dues for associations available.
  • No information regarding filing FOIA requests is available.

See also

External links

References

  1. U.S. Census Bureau, "State and County Quick Facts," accessed on October 27, 2014
  2. Cincinnati City Charter, Art. 2.1-3; 3.1-3; 4.1-3, accessed on October 27, 2014
  3. Cincinnati City Charter, 3.1-3, accessed on October 27, 2014
  4. City of Cincinnati, "Office of the Mayor," accessed on October 27, 2014
  5. Cincinnati City Charter, 4.1-3, accessed on October 27, 2014
  6. City of Cincinnati, "City Manager," accessed on October 27, 2014
  7. City of Cincinnati, "City Council," accessed on October 27, 2014
  8. City of Cincinnati, "Council Members," accessed on October 27, 2014
  9. City of Cincinnati, "Council Meeting Agendas and Minutes," accessed on October 27, 2014
  10. City of Cincinnati, "Boards and Commissions," accessed on October 27, 2014
  11. City of Cincinnati, "2015 Approved Budget," accessed on October 27, 2014
  12. Open Secrets, "City of Cincinnati, OH," accessed on October 27, 2014
  13. U.S. House of Representatives: Office of the Clerk, "Lobbying Disclosure Act Guidance," accessed on November 11, 2014
  14. Open Secrets, "Methodology," accessed on November 11, 2014
  15. City of Cincinnati, "Budgets," accessed on January 14, 2013
  16. City of Cincinnati, "Staff Directory," accessed on January 14, 2013
  17. City of Cincinnati, "Elected Officials," accessed on January 14, 2013
  18. City of Cincinnati, "Meeting Minutes," accessed on January 14, 2013
  19. City of Cincinnati, "Agenda," accessed on January 14, 2013
  20. City Cincinnati, "Meeting Calendar," accessed on January 14, 2013
  21. City of Cincinnati, "Meeting Videos," accessed on January 14, 2013
  22. City of Cincinnati, "Audits," accessed on January 14, 2013
  23. City of Cincinnati, "Bids," accessed on January 14, 2013
  24. City of Cincinatti, "Contracts," accessed on January 14, 2013
  25. City of Cincinnati, "Public Records," accessed on January 14, 2013
  26. CIty of Cincinnati, "Taxes," accessed on January 14, 2013
  27. City of Cincinnati, "Planning and Buildings," accessed on January 14, 2013