El Paso, Texas

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El Paso, Texas
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General information
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Mayor:Oscar Leeser
Mayor party:Nonpartisan
Last mayoral election:2013
Next mayoral election:2017
Last city council election:2013
Next city council election:2015
City council seats:8
2014 FY Budget:$801.4 million
City website
Composition data
Population in 2013:674,433
Gender:52.0% Female
Race:Hispanic or Latino 80.7%
White 14.2%
African American 3.4%
Asian 1.2%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone 0.7%
Two or More 2.7%
Unemployment:6.9%
Median household income:$40,808
High school graduation rate:75.9%
College graduation rate:22.4%
Related El Paso offices
Texas Congressional Delegation
Texas State Legislature
Texas state executive offices
El Paso is a city located in El Paso County, Texas. As of 2013, its population was 674,433.[1]

City government

The city of El Paso 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.[2]

City manager

The city manager is El Paso's chief executive. Appointed by city council, the city manager's responsibilities include overseeing the city's day-to-day operations, planning and implementing the city's operating budget, carrying out council policies and hiring most city government employees.[2]

Mayor

The mayor presides over city council meetings and official city ceremonies. Oscar Leeser is the current mayor of El Paso.[2]

City council

The El Paso 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 the mayor is elected at-large, the other eight members are elected by the city's eight districts.[2]

A full list of city council members 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 have appointed and approved, advises the El Paso 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.[3]

For a full list of El Paso's city boards and commissions, see here.

Elections

2015

See also: El Paso, Texas municipal elections, 2015

The city of El Paso, Texas will hold elections for city council in 2015. Information on election dates will be posted once they are made available. Five of the eight city council seats are up for election.

Budget

El Paso's adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2014 was $801.4 million.[4]

Contact information

Mayor's Office
300 N. Campbell
El Paso, TX
Phone: (915) 212-0021
Email: mayor@elpasotexas.gov

To contact individual members of city council, see here.

Ballot measures

See also: El Paso County, Texas ballot measures

El Paso is located 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 Texas

Population as of the July 2011 census update: 665,568.[5] El Paso is a charter city. El Paso has a two-step process to place an initiated ordinance on the ballot. To have an ordinance considered by the city council requires a petition with signatures of 5% of the voters who voted in the last general city election. File petitions with the city clerk. The council must consider the proposal within 30 days. If the ordinance is not enacted, or is enacted in amended form, then a second petition with signatures of 5% of voters who voted in last general city election may again be filed with the clerk, at which point the reproposed ordinance shall be placed on the ballot at the next general election specified in state law.

DocumentIcon.jpg El Paso Charter, Art. 3, Sec. 3.11

Lobbying

In 2013, El Paso spent a total of $80,000 on federal lobbying. The city filed four reports for Federal Budget and Appropriations.[6]

Website evaluation

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Transparency grading process
See also: Evaluation of Texas city websites

In 2011 El Paso earned a Sunny Awards for having a perfect website transparency score.

The good

  • Budget
    • The most current budget is listed.
    • Budgets are archived for 5 years.[7]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting minutes are archived for 8 years.
    • Meeting agendas are archived for 8 years.
    • A meeting calendar is available and names the times and locations of public meetings.
    • Meeting videos are available.[8]
  • Elected officials
    • Elected officials are listed with a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.[9]
  • Administrative officials
    • Department heads are listed for each department.
    • Contact information for administrative officials is provided including a mailing address and phone number.[10]
  • 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.[11]
  • Audits
    • The most recent audit is posted.
    • Audits dating back to 2006 are available.[12]
  • Public records
    • The public information officer is identified and maintained by the Municipal Clerk. This person provides a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.
    • A public records form is provided by the Municipal Clerk.
    • A fee schedule for documents is provided.[13]
  • Contracts
    • Bids and RFPs are posted online.
    • Approved contract statements are provided for vendors.[14]
  • Information on Lobbying is published.[15]
  • Taxes
    • Tax revenues are broken down by federal, state, and local funding in the budget.
    • Local taxes, like property taxes, are available online.
    • Residents are able to pay taxes online.[16]
  • Campiagn finance reports are published.[17]

The bad

  • Administrative officials
    • Personalized email not listed for all departments. Citizens must fill out an email form in most cases.[18]
  • Lobbying
    • 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 of lobbying activities or membership dues for associations available.

See also

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