|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|
|Population in 2013:||297,517|
African American 44.8%
Hispanic or Latino 2.8%
Two or More Races 2.5%
|Median household income:||$33,708|
|High school graduation rate:||83.9%|
|College graduation rate:||31.3%|
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- 1 City government
- 2 Elections
- 3 Budget
- 4 Contact information
- 5 Ballot measures
- 6 Lobbying
- 7 City website evaluation
- 8 See also
- 9 External links
- 10 References
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Cincinnati City Council is made up of nine members, each of whom is elected at-large.
A current list of council members can be found here.
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.
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.
For a full list of Cincinnati boards and commissions, see here.
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.
Cincinnati's adopted general fund budget for fiscal year 2015 was $358 million.
Office of the Mayor
801 Plum St., Suite 150
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: (513) 352-3250
To contact individual council members, see here.
- See also: Hamilton County, Ohio ballot measures
Cincinnati follows state law for initiative and referendum.
In 2013, Cincinnati's federal lobbying related expenses amounted to approximately $110,000. 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 Cincinnati filed reports, read the federal disclosure forms by clicking the "Issues" links in the box below.
|Federal Lobbying Issues, 2013|
|4||Fed Budget & Appropriations|
City website evaluation
|Transparency grading process|
- Main article: Evaluation of Ohio city websites
This Web site was most recently reviewed on an unknown date.
- The most current budget is listed.
- Budgets are archived for 12 years.
- Administrative Officials
- Department heads are listed for each department.
- 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.
- The most recent audit is posted.
- Audits dating back to 2001 are available.
- 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.
- Tax revenues are broken down by federal, state, and local funding in the budget.
- Local taxes, like property taxes, are available online.
- 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.
- Public Records
- Fee schedule and public records request form not available.
- Meeting minutes and agendas are not archived for 3-5 years.
- 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.
- U.S. Census Bureau, "State and County Quick Facts," accessed on October 27, 2014
- Cincinnati City Charter, Art. 2.1-3; 3.1-3; 4.1-3, accessed on October 27, 2014
- Cincinnati City Charter, 3.1-3, accessed on October 27, 2014
- City of Cincinnati, "Office of the Mayor," accessed on October 27, 2014
- Cincinnati City Charter, 4.1-3, accessed on October 27, 2014
- City of Cincinnati, "City Manager," accessed on October 27, 2014
- City of Cincinnati, "City Council," accessed on October 27, 2014
- City of Cincinnati, "Council Members," accessed on October 27, 2014
- City of Cincinnati, "Council Meeting Agendas and Minutes," accessed on October 27, 2014
- City of Cincinnati, "Boards and Commissions," accessed on October 27, 2014
- City of Cincinnati, "2015 Approved Budget," accessed on October 27, 2014
- Open Secrets, "City of Cincinnati, OH," accessed on October 27, 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 Cincinnati, "Budgets," accessed on January 14, 2013
- City of Cincinnati, "Staff Directory," accessed on January 14, 2013
- City of Cincinnati, "Elected Officials," accessed on January 14, 2013
- City of Cincinnati, "Meeting Minutes," accessed on January 14, 2013
- City of Cincinnati, "Agenda," accessed on January 14, 2013
- City Cincinnati, "Meeting Calendar," accessed on January 14, 2013
- City of Cincinnati, "Meeting Videos," accessed on January 14, 2013
- City of Cincinnati, "Audits," accessed on January 14, 2013
- City of Cincinnati, "Bids," accessed on January 14, 2013
- City of Cincinatti, "Contracts," accessed on January 14, 2013
- City of Cincinnati, "Public Records," accessed on January 14, 2013
- CIty of Cincinnati, "Taxes," accessed on January 14, 2013
- City of Cincinnati, "Planning and Buildings," accessed on January 14, 2013