Dallas, Texas

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Dallas, Texas
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General information
City website:http://www.dallascityhall.com/
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Mayor:Mike Rawlings
Last mayoral election:2013
Next mayoral election:2015
Last city council election:2013
Next city council election:2015
City council seats:14
2013-2014 FY Budget:$2,800,000,000
Composition data
Population:1,241,000
Gender:50.0% Female
Race:White 50.7%
White Not-Hispanic 28.8%
African American 25.0%
Asian 2.9%
Native American 0.7%
Pacific Islander 0.1%
Two or More 2.6%
Ethnicity:Hispanic 42.4%
Unemployment:6.5%
Median household income:$42,436
High school graduation rate:73.8%
College graduation rate:29.0%
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Dallas is a city in Texas and the seat of Dallas County. It is the ninth-largest city in the United States and the third-largest city in the state of Texas. behind Houston and San Antonio. Dallas is the largest city in the Dallas-Ft. Worth metropolitan area.

Office of the Mayor

Mike Rawlings is the current Mayor of Dallas.[1] Rawlings served as CEO of Tracy-Locke, an advertising agency and Pizza Hut.[2]

City Council

Current members, Dallas, City Council
District Councilmember
1 Scott Griggs
2 Adam Medrano
3 Vonciel Jones Hill
4 Dwaine R. Caraway
5 Rick Callahan
6 Monica R. Alonzo
7 Carolyn R. Davis
8 Tennell Atkins
9 Sheffie Kadane
10 Jerry R. Allen
11 Lee M. Kleinman
12 Sandy Greyson
13 Jennifer Staubach Gates
14 Philip T. Kingston

Dallas' legislative body is the City Council, made up of fourteen members from fourteen council districts. The Council's duties setting policy, approving the annual budget, determining the city's tax rate, appoints certain officials, issueing and selling municipal bonds, purchasing and selling property, establishing city departments and approving city ordinances.[3] The City Council holds Agenda meetings on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 9:00 A.M. and Briefings on the first and third Wednesday of the month at 9:00 A.M.[4]

Budget

The adopted budget for fiscal year 2014 totals $2.8 billion, and includes public safety, economic development, environmental management, park maintenance and educational enhancements.

The city's budget process operates by Fiscal Years running from October 1 to September 31 of the next year. The budget process begins with preliminary revenue projects that are divided into Key Focus Areas (KFAs) as determined by the city council. Budget teams then rank service bids in accordance with the KFAs until the funds of each are depleted. The City Manage presents these rankings as a preliminary budget to the City Council, who hold public hearings to address the proposal. The City Management and Office of Financial Services uses City Council and public feedback to amend the budget. The City Council adopts the budget in September. The city is required by state law to maintain a balanced budget.[5]

Contact information

Office of the City Manager
1500 Marilla Street
Room 4EN
Dallas, TX 75201
Phone: 214-670-3302

Office of the Mayor
1500 Marilla Street
Room 5EN
Dallas, TX 75201
Email: Contact Form

Lobbying

The City of Dallas paid for $280,000 in federal lobbying in 2013. The city filed for three issues relating to Urban Development and two issues relating to Environment & Superfund.[6]

The City of San Antonio maintains a searchable database of all registered lobbyists available on the City Hall website.

Ballot measures

See also: Dallas County, Texas ballot measures

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

Initiative process

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Texas

Population as of the July, 2011 census update: 1,223,229.[7] Dallas is a charter city. Signature requirement is 10% of the qualified voters of the city as appears from the latest available county voter registration list. A committee of at least five registered voters of the city must make application to the city secretary and file an intention to circulate a petition, giving the date and the proposed ordinance to be circulated. The petition must comply in form, content, and procedure with the provisions of Dallas Charter Chap. IV, Section 12. Petitions must be filed with the city secretary 60 days from initial application. After certification, the council has 20 days to pass the ordinance or promptly call a special election.

DocumentIcon.jpg Dallas Charter, Chap. XVIII, Sec. 11 to 14; Chap. IV, Sec. 12

Public pensions

See also: Texas public pensions

Controversies

Public records

The Dallas Morning News requested the check register for the past five years from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, but was told that the records would cost "somewhere in the seven figure range."[8]

Website evaluation

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Transparency grading process

This website was most recently evaluated on January 15 2012.

The good

  • Includes the names and contact information for all city council members and administrative officials.[9]
  • City council meeting agendas,videos, and minutes are published.[10]
  • Local tax information is provided.[11]
  • There is a procedure for requesting public records.[12]
  • Audit reports are available.[13]
  • The current and past budgets are published.[14]
  • Building permits and zoning information provided.[15][16]

The bad

  • There is no information on lobbying.
  • Information on how to obtain a contract is available,[17] but a list of contracts is not publicly available.

External links

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