Note: Ballotpedia will be read-only from 9pm CST on February 25-March 5 while Judgepedia is merged into Ballotpedia.
For status updates, visit lucyburns.org.
Ballotpedia's coverage of elections held on March 3, 2015, was limited. Select races were covered live, and all results will be added once the merger is complete.

Gresham, Oregon

From Ballotpedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Grade2.pngB
Budget
{{{1}}}
Meetings
{{{1}}}
Elected Officials
{{{1}}}
Administrative Officials
{{{1}}}
Permits, zoning
{{{1}}}
Audits P
Partial.png
Contracts P
Partial.png
Lobbying N
600px-Red x.png
Public Records
{{{1}}}
Local Taxes
{{{1}}}

School district websitesGuide.png
Transparency grading process
Gresham is a town in Oregon.

Website evaluation

Last rated on August 11, 2012.

The good

  • Budget
    • Budgets are posted.[1]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting schedule, minutes, agendas, and videos are posted.[2]
  • Elected Officials
    • City council members are listed with contact information.[3]
  • Administrative Officials
    • Contact information is available for administrative officials.[4]
  • Building Permits and Zoning
    • Building permits and zoning are available.[5][6]
  • Audits
    • Audits are available through the search function.[7]
  • Contracts
    • Bargaining unit contracts are provided.[8]
    • Some bid information is posted.[9]
  • Public Records
    • Information and request form available for public records.[10]
  • Local Taxes
    • Property tax information is available.[11]

The bad

  • Audits
    • Audits could not be found without using search function.
  • Contracts
    • Vendor contracts are not available.
  • Lobbying
    • No information regarding lobbying.

Budget

The 2012-2013 total budget is $343,315,779, or 0.6% less than the previous year's budget.[12]

Public Employees

Elected Officials

The Gresham City Council is made up of 6 members representing individual districts for staggered four year terms. The current mayor is Shane Bemis.[13]

First Last Position Term Expiration District
Shane Bemis Mayor 2014
David Widmark Councilor 2012 1
Josh Fuhrer Councilor 2014 2
Karylinn Echols Council President 2016 3
John Killian Councilor 2014 4
Paul Warr-King Councilor 2012 5
Lori Stegmann Councilor 2014 6

Administrative Officials

Under the city's council-manager form of government, the city council and the mayor select a city manager to oversee the day to day operation of the city. The current city manager is Erik Kvarsten.[14]

Salaries

See also: Oregon public employee salaries

The Gresham website posts salary schedules here.

Pensions

See also: Oregon public pensions


Emergency personnel

The city of Gresham has its own Fire and Police department.

Lobbying

See also: Oregon government sector lobbying

According to OpenSecrets.org, the city of Gresham has spent $540,000 on lobbying since 2005.[15]

Year Amount Spent on Lobbying
2012 $40,000
2011 $80,000
2010 $80,000
2009 $80,000
2008 $80,000
2007 $80,000
2006 $60,000
2005 $40,000
Total $540,000

Transparency & public records

Information and request form available for public records on the Gresham website.[16]

Taxes

The property tax rate is $3.61 per $1,000 of assessed value, but only 25% actually goes to the city.[17]

External links

References