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.

City government

See also: Mayor-council government

The city of Indianapolis 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.[3]

Mayor

The mayor serves as the city's chief executive 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. Greg Ballard is the current Mayor of Indianapolis.[4]

City council

The Indianapolis 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.[5]

Membership

The Indianapolis City Council is made up of twenty-nine members. Twenty-five are elected by district, while four are elected at-large.[6]

A current list of council members can be found here.

Council committees

The Indianapolis City Council features eleven standing committees, which focus on individual policy and legislative issues. Generally, the drafting of city legislation begins with the committees.[7]

A current list of Indianapolis City Council committees 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 and/or the mayor have appointed and approved, advises the Indianapolis 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.[8]

For a full list of Indianapolis city boards and commissions, see 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.[9]

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

In 2013, Indianapolis' federal lobbying related expenses amounted to approximately $80,000.[10] 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.[11][12] 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 Indianapolis 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 Housing
4 Law Enforcement & Crime
4 Roads & Highways
4 Transportation
4 Urban Development

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.[13]
    • Ethics forms are posted.[14]
  • Meetings
    • Minutes, agendas and schedules are posted for meetings.[15]
    • Minutes and agendas are archived for more than three years.
  • Administration
    • A directory is posted with contact information for departments and officials.[16]
  • Budget
    • Most recent budget is posted.[17]
    • Budgets are archived to 1999.
  • Audits
    • Most recent financial audit is posted.[18]
    • Audits are archived to 2002.
  • Taxes
    • Property tax rates are posted.[19]
    • Property taxes may be payed online.[20]
    • Local income tax rates are posted in the budget.[21]
  • Contracts
    • Bid opportunities are posted.[22]
    • Awarded bids are posted.[23]
  • Permits and zoning
    • Building permit information and forms are posted.[24]
    • Zoning information is posted.[25]
  • Public records

The bad

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

See also

External links

References

  1. U.S. Census, "State and County Quick Facts," accessed on August 19, 2014
  2. City of Indianapolis, "CAFR 2010," accessed November 9, 2011
  3. Indianapolis Code of Ordinances, Ch. 151 1-8, Ch. 202 101-105, accessed on October 29, 2014
  4. City of Indianapolis, "Office of the Mayor," accessed on August 18, 2014
  5. City of Indianapolis, "City Council," accessed on October 29, 2014
  6. City of Indianapolis, "Council Members," accessed on October 29, 2014
  7. City of Indianapolis, "Committees," accessed on October 29, 2014
  8. City of Indianapolis, "Boards and Commissions," accessed on August 18, 2014
  9. 2014 City of Indianapolis, "Adopted Budget for the Consolidated City of Indianapolis, Marion County," accessed on October 14, 2014
  10. Open Secrets, "City of Indianapolis," accessed on August 19, 2014
  11. U.S. House of Representatives: Office of the Clerk, "Lobbying Disclosure Act Guidance," accessed on November 11, 2014
  12. Open Secrets, "Methodology," accessed on November 11, 2014
  13. City of Indianapolis, "Elected Officials," accessed on August 18, 2014
  14. City of Indianapolis, "Ethics Forms," accessed on August 18, 2014
  15. City of Indianapolis, "Meetings," accessed on August 18, 2014
  16. City of Indianapolis, "Administration," accessed on August 18, 2014
  17. City of Indianapolis, "2013 Budget," accessed on August 18, 2014
  18. City of Indianapolis, "Audits," accessed on August 18, 2014
  19. City of Indianapolis, "Marion County Tax Rates," accessed on August 18, 2014
  20. City of Indianapolis, "Tax Payments," accessed on August 18, 2014
  21. City of Indianapolis, "Budget Book," accessed on August 18, 2014
  22. City of Indianapolis, "Bids," accessed on August 18, 2014
  23. City of Indianapolis, "Awarded Bids," accessed on August 18
  24. City of Indianapolis, "Permits," accessed on August 18, 2014
  25. City of Indianapolis, "Zoning," accessed on August 18, 2014
  26. City of Indianapolis, "Public Records," accessed on August 18, 2014