Indianapolis, Indiana

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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General information
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Mayor:Greg Ballard
Mayor party:Republican
Last mayoral election:2011
Next mayoral election:2015
Last city council election:2013
Next city council election:2015
City council seats:29
2014-2015 FY Budget:$938 million
City website
Composition data
Population in 2013:843,393
Gender:51.7% Female
Race:White 61.8%
Hispanic or Latino 9.4%
African American 27.5%
Asian 2.1%
Two or More 2.8%
Unemployment:5.8%
Median household income:$42,144
High school graduation rate:84.2%
College graduation rate:27.5%
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Indianapolis is the capital city of Indiana. As of 2013, its population was 843,393.[1] Its government is a consolidation of the Indianapolis city government and Marion County government, with four municipalities excluded from some consolidated operations.[2] The local school district is Indianapolis Public Schools.

Office of the Mayor

Greg Ballard is the current Mayor of Indianapolis.[3]

City Council

The Indianapolis City Council - called the City-County Council because it represents both Indianapolis and Marion County - 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 and policies.[4]

Boards and Commissions

The Indianapolis City Council is advised by a series of advisory boards and commissions that are made up of non-elected citizens, who have been appointed and approved by the council itself. 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 Indianapolis's city boards and commissions, see here

Membership

The city council consists of twenty-nine members. Four are elected at-large, while the other twenty-five are elected by the city's twenty-five districts.[6]

A full list of city council members can be found here

Elections

2015

See also: Indianapolis, Indiana municipal elections, 2015

The city of Indianapolis, Indiana will hold elections for mayor and city council in 2015. Information on election dates will be posted once they are made available. All 29 city council seats are up for election.

Budget

Indianapolis's adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2013-14 was $938 million.[7]

Contact Information

Office of the Mayor
2501 City-County Bldg.
200 E. Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: (317) 327-3601

City-County Council
241 City-County Building
200 E. Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: (317) 327-4242

To contact individual council members, see here.

Lobbying

Main article: Indiana government sector lobbying

By August, the city of Indianapolis had spent a total of $40,000 on lobbying related expenses in 2014.[8]

Ballot measures

See also: Marion County, Indiana ballot measures

The city of Indianapolis is in Marion County. A list of ballot measures in Marion County is available here.

Initiative process

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Indiana

No initiative and referendum process of any kind is available in Indiana local governments for local ballot measures.

Website evaluation

See also: Evaluation of Indiana city websites
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Transparency grading process

The good

  • Elected officials
    • Council members are listed with contact information and party affiliations.[9]
    • Ethics forms are posted.[10]
  • Meetings
    • Minutes, agendas and schedules are posted for meetings.[11]
    • Minutes and agendas are archived for more than three years.
  • Administration
    • A directory is posted with contact information for departments and officials.[12]
  • Budget
    • Most recent budget is posted.[13]
    • Budgets are archived to 1999.
  • Audits
    • Most recent financial audit is posted.[14]
    • Audits are archived to 2002.
  • Taxes
    • Property tax rates are posted.[15]
    • Property taxes may be payed online.[16]
    • Local income tax rates are posted in the budget.[17]
  • Contracts
    • Bid opportunities are posted.[18]
    • Awarded bids are posted.[19]
  • Permits and zoning
    • Building permit information and forms are posted.[20]
    • Zoning information is posted.[21]
  • Public records

The bad

  • Lobbying
    • There is no information on government sector lobbying.

See also

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