Colorado Springs, Colorado

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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General information
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Mayor:Steve Bach
Mayor party:Nonpartisan
Last mayoral election:2011
Next mayoral election:April 7, 2015
Last city council election:2013
Next city council election:April 7, 2015
City council seats:9
2014 FY Budget:$249 million
City website
Composition data
Population in 2013:439,886
Gender:51.0% Female
Race:White 70.7%
African American 6.3%
Hispanic or Latino 16.1%
Asian 3.0%
Two or More Races 5.1%
Unemployment:6.7%
Median household income:$54,351
High school graduation rate:92.8%
College graduation rate:36.3%
Related Colorado Springs offices
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Colorado Springs is a city in El Paso County, Colorado. As of 2013, its population was 439,886.[1]

City government

The city of Colorado Springs utilizes a "strong mayor" and city council system. In this form of municipal government, the city council serves as the city's primary legislative body while the mayor serves as the city's chief executive.[2]

Mayor

The mayor serves as the city's chief executive and is responsible for proposing a budget, signing legislation into law, appointing departmental directors and overseeing the city's day-to-day operations. The mayor also represents the city on the state, national and international levels. Steve Bach is the current Mayor of Colorado Springs.[3]

City council

The Colorado Springs 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.[4]

Membership

The Colorado Springs City Council is made up of nine members. Six members are elected by the city's six districts, while three are elected at-large.[5]

A current list of council members can be found here.

Boards, committees and commissions

A series of committees, boards and commissions advises the Colorado Springs City Council. The roles of these committees, boards and commissions are to review, debate and comment upon city policies and legislation and to make recommendations to the city council.

Committees feature a combination of elected city council members and appointed citizens, while boards and commissions are generally made up of appointed citizens only.[6]

For a full list of Colorado Springs city boards and commissions, see here.

Elections

2015

See also: Colorado Springs, Colorado municipal elections, 2015

The city of Colorado Springs, Colorado will hold elections for mayor and city council on April 7, 2015. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election is February 11, 2015. Three of the nine city council seats are up for election.[7]

Budget

Colorado Springs' adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2014 was $249 million.[8]

Contact information

Office of the Mayor
30 S Nevada Avenue
Suite 601
Colorado Springs, CO 80901-1575
Phone: (719) 385-5900
Email: mayorsoffice@springsgov.com

City Council
City Council Office
City Hall
P.O. 1575, MC 1549
Colorado Springs, CO 80901-1575
Phone: (719) 385-5986
Email: AllCouncil@springsgov.com

To contact individual council members, see here.

Ballot measures

See also: El Paso County, Colorado ballot measures

The city of Colorado Springs is in El Paso County. A list of ballot measures in El Paso County is available here.

Initiative process

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Colorado

Population as of the July, 2011 census update: 426,388.[9] Colorado Springs is a charter city.

The signature requirement is 20% of the total ballots cast for the office of Mayor in the last preceding election for such office (but reduced if this would exceed constitutional limit of 15% of registered electors). Any 3 electors may commence initiative proceedings by filing with the Clerk an affidavit stating they will constitute a petitioners' committee along with the content requirements and the review process detailed in Colorado Springs Charter, Sec. 12.20 and Code Sec. 5.1.506. The clerk issues the required blank petitions. Petitions must be filed 180 days from issuance. After certification, the council has 20 days to pass without alteration or shall call a special election within 90 days unless a general municipal election is fixed within said 90 days.

DocumentIcon.jpg Colorado Springs Charter, Art. XII; Colorado Springs Code 5.1.501 to 511

Lobbying

As of October 2014, information on Colorado Springs' federal lobbying related expenses past 2001 is unavailable.[10]

City website evaluation

See also: Evaluation of Colorado city websites

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Transparency grading process

The good

  • Budget information for 2012 and previous years are available.[11]
  • Meeting minutes[12] and agendas[13] are available online.
  • Contact information for the city council[14] and the mayor[15] are listed.
  • Zoning guidelines[16] and information on how to obtain a building permit[17] are available.
  • Audit reports are available from 2006[18]
  • A list of city contracts is posted[19].
  • A tax guideline is provided online.[20]

The bad

  • Though department information is listed, direct contact information is not available for city administrative officials.
  • Though the city does partake in intergovernmental lobbying, a code of ethics or rules for such are not posted.
  • There is no name or direct contact information listed for the city clerk, who holds public records.

See also

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