|Form of government||Mayor-Council|
|Council composition||7 members (at-large districts)|
|Terms of office||4 years|
|Current mayor||Carlos Hernandez|
According to the 2012 U.S. Census estimate, Hialeah is the 88th largest city with a population of 231,941. There are seven city council members who are all elected to at-large districts. The city is a mayor-council form of government. The mayor earns a salary of $150,000 and has an annual expense account of $40,000. As of July 2013, the unemployment rate in Hialeah was 9.9 percent.
In October 2013, Fitch Ratings lowered the City of Hialeah bond rating from "A" to "A-." The city's unlimited tax general obligation was lowered from "A+" to "A." The city's Rating Outlook was changed from "Stable" to "Negative." According to the Fitch report, Hialeah's defined benefit pension plans were 69 percent funded with an unfunded liability of $227 million, as of October 2012. However, Fitch calculated the fund as 62 percent funded if a more conservative rate of return of 7 percent was used.
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- US Census, "2012 Population Estimates"
- Hialeah Florida, "City Clerk Information" accessed October 15, 2013
- Google Public Data, "Hialeah, Florida Unemployment," accessed October 18, 2013
- Herald Online, "Fitch Downgrades Florida Muni Loan Council's Rev Bonds (Hialeah), Ser 2012A to 'A-'; Outlook Stable," October 11, 2013
- Open Secrets - Hialeah
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