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Cleveland, Ohio

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Cleveland is a city in Ohio and is the county seat of Cuyahoga County. The 2010 census reported the population at 396,815, a 17 percent decrease since 2000. Ohio is expected to lose two Congressional seats as a result of the 2010 report of the steep decline in population. Founded in 1796, Cleveland became a manufacturing center owing to its location on the water and railroad lines.[1]

Elected Officials: Council Members

Name Title
Frank Jackson Mayor
Martin Sweeney Council President, Ward 18
Phyllis Cleveland Council Majority Leader, Ward 5
Kevin Kelley Council Majority Whip, Ward 13
Patricia Britt Council Clerk
Terrell Pruitt Ward 1
Zachary Reed Ward 2
Joe Cimperman Ward 3
Kenneth Johnson Ward 4
Mamie Mitchell Ward 6
TJ Dow Ward 7
Jeffrey Johnson Ward 8
Kevin Conwell Ward 9
Eugene Miller Ward 10
Michael Polensek Ward 11
Anthony Brancatelli Ward 12
Brian Cummins Ward 14
Matt Zone Ward 15
Jay Westbrook Ward 16
Dona Brady Ward 17
Martin Keane Ward 19

In April 2009, Cleveland Mayor Jackson turned down an automatic pay raise amid other cost-cutting measures undertaken by the city. Jackson was due to collect $2655 in 2009, but instead, his salary will remain at $132,775. One-third of the City Council also turned down increases, including Council President Martin Sweeney. For council members, the automatic increased raised annual pay from $72,586 to $74,038. Council members Joe Cimperman, Dona Brady, Martin Keane, Terrell Pruitt, Sabra Scott, and Jay Westbrook turned down the increase.

Kevin Kelley and Kevin Conwell did not forgo the increase. Council member Mamie Mitchell agreed to give half of the raise back. Councilman Tony Brancatelli pledged to donate his raise to charity. Several members did not return calls about their decision-making, but confirmed they decided to keep the money.[2]

Administrative Officials

Name Title
Ken Silliman Chief of Staff
Andrew Watterson Chief of Sustainability
Valerie McCall Chief of Government Affairs
Darnell Brown Chief Operating Officer
Natoya Minor Chief of Public Affairs
Sharon Dumas Finance Director
Chris Warren Chief of Regional Development
Maureen Harper Chief of Communications
Monyka Price Chief of Education

Budget

The total operating budget for 2010 is $1,138,612,052 with a $20,458,682 deficiency.[3]

Stimulus

Cleveland, Ohio received $266,007,257.59 in federal stimulus funding over 8 contracts and 223 grants.[4]

Local taxes

Income tax in Cleveland makes up 51% of the general fund budget. Income tax is generated by a 2% tax on wages and earnings for those living in Cleveland and those working within the city, regardless of their place of residence. Other taxes make up 9% and property taxes make up an additional 8% in revenue. Sales and fines make up 11% of revenue.

City In the News

  • In September 2011, former County Commissioner, Jimmy Dimora, repeated pleas of not guilty to 34 corruption-related charges. Dimora faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.[5]
  • In 2010, the FBI paid a Cleveland building inspector, Bobby Cuevas, $16,000 for informant work in a corruption case against Steven Pumper, a close friend of ex-County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora. Pumper pleaded guilty to federal corruption charges involving tens of thousands of dollars in gifts and cash to Dimora in exchange for public contracts and other favors.[6]
  • In 2010, then-Cuyahoga County Auditor Frank Russo resigned in the wake of the FBI raid in 2008 that led to allegations of corruption against many government officials. In 1998, Russo was convicted of doing campaign work on county time. He was sentenced to 120 days of probation, paid a $750 fine and reimbursed the $26,360 in misspent funds identified in a state audit.[7] Cuyahoga County has since abolished the office of Auditor in exchange for a county executive.
  • In 2008, complaints regarding Council members missing meetings (70% of meetings were missing at least one member) unexcused raises questions about the number of council members necessary.[8]

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Transparency grading process

Last rated on Fed. 2, 2012

The good

  • Elected Council members information is published, including contact phone numbers and email addresses.[9]
  • Administrative officials are published, including contact information.[10]
  • Audits and Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports are available.[11]
  • Budget information is available.[12]
  • Permits and licensing information is available.[13]
  • Bids are published, separated into categories: >$1000, >$50,000 and $50k plus.[14]
  • Contracts and purchase receipts are published.
  • Public records are complete.[15]
  • Tax information is available.[16]

The bad

  • Lobbying information is unavailable
  • Last budget available is 2010.
  • Meeting information is not available.

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