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Fayetteville, Arkansas

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Portions of this article were taken from Wikipedia

Fayetteville is a city in the state of Arkansas. It is the county seat of Washington County, and the third largest city in Arkansas. The city is centrally located within the county and is home to the University of Arkansas. Fayetteville is also on the outskirts the Boston Mountains, deep within The Ozarks. Known as Washington until 1829, the city was named after General Lafayette, a French general who helped the states gain freedom in the American Revolutionary War. It was first incorporated on November 3, 1836 and was rechartered in 1867. The four-county Northwest Arkansas Metropolitan Statistical Area is ranked 109th in terms of population in the United States with 463,204 in 2010 according to the United States Census Bureau. The city itself had a population of 73,580 at the 2010 Census.

Website evaluation

See also: Evaluation of Arkansas city websites

Last evaluated July of 2012.

The good

  • Budget documents are posted.[1]
  • Meeting agendas and minutes are posted.[2]
  • A city wide contact directory is posted.[3]
  • Elected officials' contact details are posted.[4][5]
  • Zoning regulations[6] and maps[7] are posted. Building codes are posted.[8]
  • Financial audits are posted.[9]
  • Bids and RFP's are posted.[10]
  • FOIA information and forms are posted.[11]
  • Sales tax collections and rates are posted.[12][13]

The bad

  • Awarded contracts are not posted.
  • Information is not provided on government sector lobbying.

Budget

The 2012 proposed budget is in excess of $121.3 million. It represents a 2.3% increase over the 2011 budget, a majority of which came from changes in debt service and capital. Total operating expenses increased 1.8%. Expenditure categories in the FY 2012 budget as a percentage of total fund expenditures are:

Category 2012 % of Total Budget
Personnel Services 35.50%
Materials & Supplies 3.80%
Services & Charges 13.50%
Maintenance 3.40%
Fuel 2.50%
Internal Charges 3.30%
Purchased Water 5.50%
WWTP Operations 6.50%
Total Operating Expenses 74.00%
Transfers Out 1.00%
Debt Service 15.80%
Capital 9.10%
Total Expenses 100.00%


Public employees

Elected officials

The city operated under a Mayor-Council form of government. The Mayor serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the city. The Mayor is the presiding officer o the City Council. The current Mayor is Lioneld Jordan. Jordan was forest elected in November, 2008. He had previously served on the Fayetteville City Council.[14]

The City Council is the legislative body of the city. Current members include:[5]

Name Ward Position
Adella Gray 1 1
Brenda Boudreaux 1 2
Mark Kinion 2 1
Matthew Petty 2 2
Justin Tennant 3 1
Bobby Ferrell 3 2
Rhonda Adams 4 1
Sarah E. Lewis 4 2

Administrative officials

A city directory can be found here. Contacts are listed by division and position.[3] An organizational chart as of January, 2010 can be found here.

Salaries

The FY 2012 proposed budget contained no new salary increases.[15] Personnel services in the FY 2012 budget totaled $42,466,864 and made up 35.5% of expenditures.[15]

Pensions

The city offers several retirement plan options, including a 401(a) plan that provides for after tax contributions and a 457 plan that provides for pre-tax contributions. Employees are eligible after 1 year of employment and the plans feature 100% immediate vesting of all contributions and investment income.[16]

Lobbying

See also: Arkansas government sector lobbying

Information is not provided on taxpayer funded lobbying.

Taxes

Sales tax revenues included in the FY 2012 proposed budget are up 4% compared to the prior year. Given economic conditions, though, the 2012 budget forecasted all revenue sources to be equal to 2011 projections.[15]

Sales taxes in the city are broken up as follows:[13]

Source Rate
State Sales Tax 6.00%
County Sales Tax 1.25%
City Sales Tax 2.00%

The city also collects a 2% Hotel/Motel and Restaurant tax.[13]

Transparency & public records

City records are subject to the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act. The City provides copies of paper records for free is the total cost is under $2.00. Fee totals over $2.00 are charged by sheet, but the city does not charge over $0.05 per sheet.[11]

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