Garland, Texas

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Garland, Texas
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General information
Douglass Athas.jpg
Mayor:Douglas Athas
Mayor party:Nonpartisan
Last mayoral election:2013
Next mayoral election:2015
Last city council election:May 10, 2014
Next city council election:2016
City council seats:9
2013-14 FY Budget:$629.1 million
City website
Composition data
Population in 2013:234,566
Gender:51.0% Female
Race:White 57.5%
Hispanic or Latino 37.8%
African American 14.5%
Asian 9.4%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone 0.8%
Two or More 3.3%
Unemployment:5.5%
Median household income:$53,060
High school graduation rate:76.8%
College graduation rate:21.6%
Related Garland offices
Texas Congressional Delegation
Texas State Legislature
Texas state executive offices
Garland Texas is a city in Dallas County Texas. As of 2013, its population was 234,566.[1]

City government

See also: Council-manager government

The city of Garland 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 Garland's chief executive. Appointed by city council, 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.[3]

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. Douglas Athas is the current mayor of Garland.[4]

City Council

The Garland 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.[5]

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 Garland 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.[6]

For a full list of Garland's city boards, commissions and committees, see here.

Elections

2014

See also: Garland, Texas municipal elections, 2014

The city of Garland, Texas held elections for city council on May 10, 2014. Four of the eight city council seats were up for election.

Incumbents Tim Campbell, Anita Goebel and B.J. Williams won re-election unopposed. Billy Mack Williams won the seat formerly held by John Willis.

Budget

Garland's adopted combined budget for fiscal year 2013-14, which includes the general fund, the general obligation debt service fund, the utility funds and the enterprise and grant funds, was $629.1 million.[7]

Contact Information

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

Ballot Measures

See also: Dallas County, Texas ballot measures

Fort Worth is located in Tarrant County. A list of ballot measures in Dallas County is available here.

Initiative process

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Texas

Neither the Garland charter nor city code contains provisions for initiative of ordinances. Charter amendments may be proposed by petition under state law.

DocumentIcon.jpg Garland Charter

Lobbying

In 2013, Garlands's federal lobbying related expenses amounted to approximately $10,000.[8] 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.[9][10] 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 Garland filed reports, read the federal disclosure forms by clicking the "Issues" links in the box below.

Federal Lobbying Issues, 2013
Reports Issues
4 Defense
1 Transportation

Website evaluation

The good

  • The website for Garland Texas includes the names and contact information of all city council members.[11]
  • City council meeting agendas and minutes are published.[12]
  • Administrative officials is available.[13]
  • The current budget is published.[14]
  • Information is published for audits and contracts.[15][16]
  • Building permits[17] and zoning information available.[18]

The bad

  • There is no procedure for requesting public records.
  • Contact information is provided for the administrative offices, however the names of the individuals are not provided.
  • There is no information on lobbying and tax rates.

See Also

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