Corpus Christi, Texas

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Corpus Christi, Texas
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General information
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Mayor:Nelda Martinez
Mayor party:Nonpartisan
Last mayoral election:November 4, 2014
Next mayoral election:2016
Last city council election:December 16, 2014
Next city council election:2016
City council seats:9
2013-2014 FY Budget:$772 million
City website
Composition data
Population in 2013:316,381
Gender:51.0% Female
Race:White 80.9%
Hispanic or Latino 59.7%
African American 4.3%
Asian 1.8%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone 0.6%
Two or More 2.5%
Unemployment:4.2%
Median household income:$47,029
High school graduation rate:80.0%
College graduation rate:20.7%
Related Corpus Christi offices
Texas Congressional Delegation
Texas State Legislature
Texas state executive offices
Corpus Christi is a city in Nueces County, Aransas County, and San Patricio County, Texas. As of 2013, its population was 316,381.[1]

City government

See also: Council-manager government

The city of Corpus Christi 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 to oversee day-to-day municipal operations and implement the council's policy and legislative initiatives.[2]

City manager

The city manager is the city's chief executive. The responsibilities of the city manager include overseeing the city's day-to-day operations, planning and implementing the city's operating budget and appointing departmental directors and other senior-level positions.[2]

Mayor

The mayor is a member of city council. He or she presides over council meetings and official city ceremonies. The mayor also represents the city on the state, national and international levels. Nelda Martinez is the current mayor of Corpus Christi.[2]

City council

The Corpus Christi 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]

Council membership

The city council consists of nine members, including the mayor. While three members and the mayor are elected at-large, the other five members are elected by the city's five districts. All serve two-year terms.[3]

A full list of city council members can be found here

Commissions, boards and committees

The city council is assisted by several commissions, boards and committees, which are responsible for reviewing, analyzing, and commenting upon city policies and legislation. In addition to elected city council members, non-elected citizens may also sit on select advisory boards.[4]

For a full list of Corpus Christi's commissions, boards and committees, see here

Elections

2014

See also: Corpus Christi, Texas municipal elections, 2014.

The city of Corpus Christi, Texas held nonpartisan elections for mayor and city council on November 4, 2014. The candidate filing deadline was August 18, 2014. Eight council seats - three at-large and Districts 1 through 5 - were up for election.

Budget

Corpus Christi's adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2013-2014 was $772 million.[5]

Contact information

City of Corpus Christi
P.O. Box 9277
Corpus Christi, Texas 78469-9277

To contact individual city council members and the mayor, see here

Ballot measures

See also: Nueces County, Texas ballot measures, Aransas County, Texas ballot measures and San Patricio County, Texas ballot measures

The city of Corpus Christi is in Nueces County, Aransas County, and San Patricio County, Texas. A list of ballot measures in Nueces County is available here; in Aransas County, here; and in San Patricio County, here.

Initiative process

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Texas

Population as of the July 2011 census update: 307,953.[6] Corpus Christi is a charter city. Corpus Christi has a two-step process to place an initiated ordinance on the ballot. Any 50 registered voters may commence initiative proceedings by filing with the city secretary a statement that they intend to circulate petitions calling for an initiative. Required content is detailed in the charter, Art. 1, Sec. 4. The council considers the proposal at this stage. If the council fails to adopt the proposed ordinance in 45 days, the secretary furnishes petitions for circulation. Petitions must then be signed by 5% of the registered voters of the city. After certification, if the council has not adopted the ordinance, the council shall submit the ordinance at the next regular city council elections. Charter specifies that initiative shall not extend to specific items contained in the operating or capital budgets of the city, contracts, appropriations already made, the levy of taxes or the individual salaries of city officials or employees.

DocumentIcon.jpg Corpus Christi Charter, Art. I, Sec. 4

Lobbying

In 2013, Corpus Christi's federal lobbying related expenses amounted to approximately $80,000.[7] 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.[8][9] 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 Corpus Christi filed reports, read the federal disclosure forms by clicking the "Issues" links in the box below.

Federal Lobbying Issues, 2013
Reports Issues
4 Economics & Econ Development
4 Natural Resources
4 Transportation

Website evaluation

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Transparency grading process

Last rated on Jan. 12, 2012

The good

  • The website for Corpus Christi Texas includes the names and contact information of all city council members.[10]
  • City council meeting Agendas and Minutes are published.[11]
  • Administrative officials are listed with contact information.
  • The current budget is published.[12]
  • Audit is posted.[13]
  • Zoning information is available in municipal code.[14]
  • Information on contracts is posted.[15]
  • Tax information is posted.[16]
  • Building permit information is available.[17]
  • Check register is posted.[18]

The bad

  • Open records request information is only available for the police department.[19]
  • The city does have a Department of Intergovernmental Relations but it does not offer any specifics on lobbying.[20]

See also

External links

References

  1. U.S. Census, "State and County Quick Facts," accessed on August 18, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 City of Corpus Christi, "City Council," accessed on August 18, 2014
  3. City of Corpus Christi, "City Council," accessed on August 18, 2014
  4. City of Corpus Christi, "City Boards and Commissions," accessed on August 18, 2014
  5. City of Corpus Christi FY 2013-14 Adopted Budget July 30, 2013
  6. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named census
  7. Open Secrets "City of Corpus Christi," accessed on August 18, 2014
  8. U.S. House of Representatives: Office of the Clerk, "Lobbying Disclosure Act Guidance," accessed on November 11, 2014
  9. Open Secrets, "Methodology," accessed on November 11, 2014
  10. City of Corpus Christi, "City Council," accessed on August 18, 2014
  11. City of Corpus Christi, "Agendas and Minutes," accessed on August 18, 2014
  12. City of Corpus Christi, "Financial Dept," accessed on August 18, 2014
  13. City of Corpus Christi, "CAFR," accessed on August 18, 2014
  14. City of Corpus Christi, "Municipal Code, accessed on August 18, 2014
  15. City of Corpus Christi, "Purchasing," accessed on August 18, 2014
  16. City of Corpus Christi, "Property ," accessed on August 18, 2014
  17. City of Corpus Christi, "Permits," accessed on August 18, 2014
  18. City of Corpus Christi, "Check Register," accessed on August 18, 2014
  19. City of Corpus Christi, "Police Department open records," accessed on August 18, 2014
  20. City of Corpus Christi, "Department of Intergovernmental Relations," accessed on August 18, 2014