Kansas City, Missouri

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Kansas City, Missouri
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General information
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Mayor:Sly James
Mayor party:Nonpartisan
Last mayoral election:2011
Next mayoral election:June 23, 2015
Last city council election:2011
Next city council election:June 23, 2015
City council seats:13
2015 FY Budget:$1.4 billion
City website
Composition data
Population in 2013:467,007
Gender:51.5% Female
Race:White 54.9%
African American 29.9%
Asian 2.5%
Two or More Races 3.2%
Ethnicity:Hispanic or Latino 10.0%
Median household income:$45,150
High school graduation rate:87.1%
College graduation rate:30.9%
Related Kansas City offices
Missouri Congressional Delegation
Missouri State Legislature
Missouri state executive offices
Kansas City is a city in Jackson County, Missouri. As of 2013, its population was 467,007.[1]

City government

See also: Council-manager government

The city of Kansas City utilizes a council-manager system. In this form of municipal government, an elected city council, which includes the mayor and serves as the city's primary legislative body, appoints a chief executive called a city manager to oversee day-to-day municipal operations and implement the council's policy and legislative initiatives.[2]

City manager

The city manager is the city's chief executive. The responsibilities of the city manager include overseeing the city's day-to-day operations, planning and implementing the city's operating budget and appointing departmental directors and other senior-level positions.[3]


The mayor presides over city council meetings and official city ceremonies. The mayor also represents the city on the state, national and international levels. Sly James is the current Mayor of Kansas City.[2]

City council

The Kansas City 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]


The Kansas City City Council is made up of thirteen members, including the mayor. Six are elected by the city's six districts, while the other six members and the mayor are elected at-large.[2]

A current list of council members can be found here.

Council Committees

The Kansas City City Council features eight standing committees, which focus on individual policy and legislative issues. Generally, the drafting of city legislation begins with the committees.[4]

A current list of Kansas City 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 have appointed and approved, advises the Kansas City 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.[5]

For a full list of Kansas City boards and commissions, see here.


See also: Kansas City, Missouri municipal elections, 2015

The city of Kansas City, Missouri, will hold nonpartisan elections for mayor and city council on June 23, 2015. A primary election took place on April 7, 2015. The filing deadline for candidates who wished to run in this election was January 13, 2015. All 12 city council seats were up for election.[6][7]


Kansas City's adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2015 was $1.4 billion.[8]

Contact information

Office of the Mayor
29th Floor City Hall
414 E. 12th St.
Kansas City, MO 64106
Phone: (816) 513-3500

City Council
414 E. 12th St.
Kansas City, MO 64106
Phone: (816) 513-1313

To contact individual council members, see here.

Ballot measures

See also: Jackson County, Missouri ballot measures

The city of Kansas City is in Jackson County. A list of ballot measures in Jackson County is available here.

Initiative process

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Missouri

Population according to the July, 2011 census update: 463,202[9]

Charter city

The signature requirement is 5% of the total vote cast for candidates for the office of Mayor at the last preceding regular municipal election. Petition form requirements can be found in the Kansas City Charter, Section 701, 730, and 731. Petitions are filed with the city clerk. After certification, the council has 60 days to pass the measure. If the committee of petitioners requires the submission of the proposed ordinance to the electors, they shall so certify to the city clerk within 10 days after the final action by the council or expiration of the 60 day period. Then the council shall submit the measure at the next available municipal or state election held not less than 30 days after such certification.

DocumentIcon.jpg Kansas City Charter, Art. VII


In 2013, Kansas City's federal lobbying related expenses amounted to approximately $160,000.[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 Kansas City filed reports, read the federal disclosure forms by clicking the "Issues" links in the box below.

Federal Lobbying Issues, 2013
Reports Issues
4 Government Issues

City website evaluation

Elected Officials
Administrative Officials
Permits, zoning
Contracts P
Lobbying N
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Public Records P
Local Taxes

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Transparency grading process
Main article: Evaluation of Missouri city websites

Last rated on Jan. 30, 2012

The good

  • Budgets are posted.[13]
  • City Council meeting schedules, agendas, and minutes are posted on the city clerk's website.[14]
  • City Councilors and the Mayor are listed with contact information.
  • Information on building permits[15] and zoning/development[16] posted.
  • City contracts are posted,[17] as well as information and documents on how to bid on city contracts.[18]
  • Contact information is provided for individual departments.[19]
  • Audits are posted.[13]
  • Information on taxes is posted.[13]

The bad

  • There is no information on whether or not the city lobbies or is a member of lobbying organizations.
  • There is an online form for public records request, but no information on what information is available, citizens' rights under the law, or other useful information.
  • Full contracts are not posted.

See also

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External links


  1. U.S. Census Bureau, "State and County Quick Facts," accessed on October 22, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 City of Kansas City, "City Officials," accessed on October 22, 2014
  3. City of Kansas City, "City Manager's Office," accessed on October 22, 2014
  4. City of Kansas City, "Committees," accessed on October 22, 2014
  5. City of Kansas City, "Boards," accessed on October 22, 2014
  6. Missouri Secretary of State, "2015 Missouri Election Calendar," accessed September 19, 2014
  7. Kansas City Board of Elections, "Home," accessed on January 23, 2015
  8. City of Kansas City, "Department of Finances," accessed on October 22, 2014
  9. US Census, "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places in Missouri: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2011," accessed on October 30, 2014
  10. Open Secrets, "City of Kansas City, MO," accessed on October 22, 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. 13.0 13.1 13.2 City of Kansas City, "Finance Documents," accessed on October 22, 2014
  14. City of Kansas City, "City Clerk," accessed on October 22, 2014
  15. City of Kansas City, "Building Permits," accessed on October 22, 2014
  16. City of Kansas City, "City Development," accessed on October 22, 2014
  17. City of Kansas City, "Contracts," accessed on October 22, 2014
  18. City of Kansas City, "Bidding," accessed on October 22, 2014
  19. City of Kansas City, "Departments," accessed on October 22, 2014