Hialeah, Florida

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Hialeah, Florida
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General information
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Mayor:Carlos Hernandez
Mayor party:Nonpartisan
Last mayoral election:November 5, 2013
Next mayoral election:2017
Last city council election:November 5, 2013
Next city council election:November 17, 2015
City council seats:7
2014-15 FY Budget:$257 million
City website
Composition data
Population in 2013:233,394
Gender:51.7% Female
Race:Hispanic or Latino 94.7%
White 4.2%
African American 2.7%
Asian 0.4%
Two or More Races 1.6%
Unemployment:7.9%
Median household income:$30,883
High school graduation rate:69.2%
College graduation rate:13.4%
Related Hialeah offices
Florida Congressional Delegation
Florida State Legislature
Florida state executive offices
Hialeah is a city in Miami-Dade County, Florida. As of 2013, its population was 233,394.[1]

City government

The city of Hialeah utilizes a "strong mayor" and city council system. In this form of municipal government, the city council serves as the city's primary legislative body while the mayor serves as the city's chief executive.[2]

Mayor

The mayor serves as the city's chief executive officer and is responsible for proposing a budget, signing legislation into law, appointing departmental directors and overseeing the city's day-to-day operations. The mayor also represents the city on the state, national and international levels. Carlos Hernandez is the current Mayor of Hialeah.[2][3]

City council

The Hialeah 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.[2]

Membership

The Hialeah City Council is made up of seven members, each of whom is elected by the city at-large.[2]

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 non-elected citizens, whom city council members have appointed and approved, advises the Hialeah 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.[2]

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

Elections

2015

See also: Hialeah, Florida municipal elections, 2015

The city of Hialeah, Florida will hold elections for city council on November 17, 2015. A primary will take place on November 3, 2015. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election is July 27, 2015. Four of the seven city council seats are up for election.[4]

Budget

Hialeah's adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2014-15 was $257 million.[5]

Contact information

Office of the Mayor
501 Palm Avenue
Hialeah, FL 33010
Phone: (305) 883-5800

To contact individual council members, see here.

Ballot measures

See also: Miami-Dade County, Florida ballot measures

The city of Hialeah is in Miami-Dade County. A list of ballot measures in Miami-Dade County is available here.

Initiative process

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Florida

Hialeah has its own initiative process for ordinances. Petitions are not empowered to propose ordinances that extend to providing an annual budget or capital program, appropriating money, levying taxes or setting salaries of city officers or employees. Signatures are required from 10% of the total number of electors registered to vote at the last regular city election. Any 10 electors may commence initiative proceedings by filing with the city clerk an affidavit stating that they will constitute the petitioners' committee, along with other required content. Prior to circulation, the city attorney shall approve the petitioners' proposed ordinance for legal sufficiency and form. Promptly after the petitioners' committee's affidavit is filed, the city clerk, at the committee's request, may issue the appropriate petition forms to the committee at the committee's expense. Regulations regarding the petitions form and content, and the circulator affidavit are found in Hialeah Charter Sec. 6.04. Petitions must be filed within 60 days of the commencement date of the initiative proceedings. The approval process is indirect and the council has 45 days to adopt or must submit at a general or special election not less than 30 or more than 60 days later. A simple majority determines the outcome of the election. (Hialeah Charter, Art. VI)[6]

Lobbying

In 2013, Hialeah's federal lobbying related expenses amounted to approximately $60,000.[7] 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.[8][9] 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 Hialeah 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

See also

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