Greensboro, North Carolina

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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General information
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Mayor:Nancy B. Vaughan
Mayor party:Nonpartisan
Last mayoral election:2013
Next mayoral election:November 3, 2015
Last city council election:2013
Next city council election:November 3, 2015
City council seats:9
2014 FY Budget:$472 million
City website
Composition data
Population in 2013:279,639
Gender:53.0% Female
Race:White 45.6%
African American 40.6%
Hispanic or Latino 7.5%
Asian 4.0%
Two or More Races 2.6%
Unemployment:7.1%
Median household income:$41,556
High school graduation rate:87.4%
College graduation rate:35.4%
Related Greensboro offices
North Carolina Congressional Delegation
North Carolina State Legislature
North Carolina state executive offices
Greensboro is a city in Guilford County, North Carolina. As of 2013, its population was 279,639.[1]

City government

See also: Council-manager government

The city of Greensboro 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. Nancy B. Vaughan is the current Mayor of Greensboro.[3]

City council

The Greensboro City Council is the city's primary legislative body. It is responsible for adopting the city budget, approving mayoral appointees, levying taxes and making or amending city laws, policies and ordinances.[4]

Membership

The Greensboro City Council is made up of nine members, including the mayor. Five are elected by the city's five districts, while the mayor are three other members are elected at-large.[4]

A current list of council members can be found here.

Boards and commissions

A series of advisory boards and commissions that are made up of appointed citizens and council members advises the Greensboro 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.[5]

For a full list of Greensboro city boards and commissions, see here.

Elections

2015

See also: Greensboro, North Carolina municipal elections, 2015

The city of Greensboro, North Carolina will hold elections for mayor and city council on November 3, 2015. A primary will take place on October 6, 2015. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election is not yet announced. All eight city council seats are up for election.[6]

Budget

Greensboro's adopted operating budget for 2014 was $472 million.[7]

Contact information

Office of the Mayor
PO Box 3136
Greensboro, NC 27402-3136
Phone: (336) 373-2396

City Council

To contact individual council members, see here.

Ballot measures

See also: Guilford County, North Carolina ballot measures

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

Initiative process

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in North Carolina

Population as of the July, 2011 census update: 273,425.[8] Greensboro is a charter city.

Ordinances: Signature requirement is 25% of the number of persons voting at the last citywide election for city council members. Prior to circulation, notice of circulation of a petition shall be registered with the county board of elections (per NC Gen. Stat. 163-218). Petition form and content requirements are in Greensboro Charter, Sec. 2.71 to 2.73, including the names and addresses of 5 qualified voters of the city, who, as the petitioners' committee, shall be responsible for the registration, circulation and filing of the petition. Petitions shall be assembled as one instrument for filing with the city clerk. Petitions are void after 1 year from the initial notice filing (NC Gen. Stat. 163-219). After certification, council has 30 days to adopt without alteration or shall submit at the next regularly scheduled primary or general election in Guilford County for state, county or municipal officials following 90 days after the petition has been finally determined to be sufficient.

Restrictions: The initiative shall not extend to the proposing of: (i) any part or all of the annual budget; or (ii) any ordinance making or repealing any appropriation of money, fixing the salaries of city officers or employees, or authorizing or repealing the levying of taxes.

DocumentIcon.jpg Greensboro Charter, Sec. 2.71 to 2.80

Lobbying

In 2013, Greensboro's federal lobbying related expenses amounted to approximately $80,000.[9] 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.[10][11] 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 Greensboro filed reports, read the federal disclosure forms by clicking the "Issues" links in the box below.

Federal Lobbying Issues, 2013
Reports Issues
4 Fed Budget & Appropriations
4 Economics & Econ Development
4 Education
4 Government Issues
4 Housing
4 Law Enforcement & Crime
4 Transportation
1 Aviation, Airlines & Airports

City website evaluation

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Budget P
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Meetings Y
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Elected Officials Y
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Administrative Officials P
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Permits, zoning P
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Audits Y
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Contracts P
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Lobbying N
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Public Records Y
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Local Taxes Y
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Transparency grading process

See also: Evaluation of North Carolina city websites

This information was last reviewed: 6/20/12

The good

  • The current budget is published and previous budgets are available for the last three years[12]
  • The calendar of council meetings, meeting agendas, and minutes, are available and archived at least three years[13]
  • Names of elected officials, email addresses, individual phone numbers, and a physical address is available[14]
  • Names of administrative officials and individual phone numbers are available[15]
  • Permit applications are available for download[16]
  • The current audit is published and previous audits are available for the last three years[17]
  • Bids are posted[18]
  • Public records are available, including forms and contact information.[19]
  • Tax revenues are available[20] and tax rates are published[21]
  • The “I Want to…” feature is an excellent resources available on the website.

The bad

  • Administrative officials have only email contact forms, as opposed to individual email addresses, and physical addresses are unavailable.
  • Links to zoning information are available, but the links do not work.[22]
  • Awarded contract information is unavailable, and a search does not generate relevant results.
  • Lobbyists, memberships to lobbying organizations and associated fees are unavailable.
  • Archived budgets are unavailable.

See also

External links

References

  1. U.S. Census Bureau, "State and County Quick Facts," accessed on October 27, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 City of Greensboro, "City Manager," accessed on October 27, 2014
  3. City of Greensboro, "Office of the Mayor," accessed on October 27, 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 City of Greensboro, "City Council," accessed on October 27, 2014
  5. City of Greensboro, "Boards and Commissions," accessed on October 27, 2014
  6. Guilford County Elections, "2014-15 Election Schedule," accessed September 19, 2014
  7. City of Greensboro, "Budget and Evaluation Department," accessed on October 27, 2014
  8. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named census
  9. Open Secrets, "City of Greensboro, NC," accessed on November 11, 2014
  10. U.S. House of Representatives: Office of the Clerk, "Lobbying Disclosure Act Guidance," accessed on November 11, 2014
  11. Open Secrets, "Methodology," accessed on November 11, 2014
  12. City of Greensboro, "Budget," accessed on October 27, 2014
  13. City of Greensboro, "Calendar, meetings, and agendas," accessed on October 27, 2014
  14. City of Greensboro, "Elected officials," accessed on October 27, 2014
  15. City of Greensboro, "Administrative officials," accessed on October 27, 2014
  16. City of Greensboro, "Permits," accessed on October 27, 2014
  17. City of Greensboro, "Audits," accessed on October 27, 2014
  18. City of Greensboro, "Forecast bids," accessed on October 27, 2014
  19. - local Public records," accessed on October 27, 2014
  20. City of Greensboro, "Tax revenue," accessed on October 27, 2014
  21. City of Greensboro, "Tax rates," accessed on October 27, 2014
  22. City of Greensboro, "Zoning broken links," accessed on October 27, 2014