Laredo, Texas

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Laredo, Texas
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General information
Laredo Mayor Raul Salinas IMG 1949.JPG
Mayor:Raul G. Salinas
Mayor party:Nonpartisan
Last mayoral election:2010
Next mayoral election:2014
Last city council election:2012
Next city council election:2014
City council seats:9
2013-2014 FY Budget:$556 million
City website
Composition data
Population in 2013:248,142
Gender:51.6% Female
Race:Hispanic or Latino 95.6%
White 3.4%
African American 0.5%
Asian 0.6%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone 0.4%
Two or More 1.5%
Unemployment:4.2%
Median household income:$39,011
High school graduation rate:65.2%
College graduation rate:17.4%
Related Laredo offices
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Laredo Texas is a city in Webb County, Texas. As of 2013, its population was 248,142.[1]

City government

The city of Laredo 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 an executive called a city manager to oversee the city's day-to-day operations.[2]

Mayor

The mayor presides over city council meetings and official city ceremonies. Raul G. Salinas is the current Mayor of Laredo.[3]

City council

The Laredo City Council 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, policies and ordinances.[4]

Membership

The city council consists of nine members including the mayor. While the mayor is elected at-large, the other eight members are elected by the city's eight districts.[3].

A full list of city council members can be found here

Committees

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 Laredo 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 Laredo's commissions, boards and committees, see here

Elections

2014

See also: Laredo, Texas municipal elections, 2014.

The city of Laredo, Texas will hold elections for mayor and city council on November 4, 2014. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was August 18, 2014.[6]

Five city council seats are up for election. These include districts 1, 2, 3, 6 and 8.

Budget

Laredo's adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2013-14 was $556 million.[7]

Contact information

City of Laredo
1110 Houston Street
Laredo, Texas 78040
Phone: (956) 791-7300

To contact individual city council members and the mayor, see here

Ballot measures

See also: Webb County, Texas ballot measures

Laredo is located in Webb County, Texas. A list of ballot measures in Webb County is available here.

Initiative process

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Texas

Population as of the July 2011 census update: 241,935.[8] Laredo is a charter city. Signature requirement is 10% of the electors qualified to vote at the time of the last regular municipal election. Petition form requirements are detailed in the charter, Art. XI, Sec. 11.11. File petitions with city secretary. After certification, the council has 60 days to adopt or shall be submitted to the electors at the next special or regular municipal election.

DocumentIcon.jpg Laredo Charter, Art. 11, Sec. 11.09-11.19

Lobbying

In 2013, Laredo spent a total of $5,000 on federal lobbying. The city filed four reports for the issue of Urban Development.[9]

Website evaluation

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Transparency grading process

Last rated on March 7, 2013

The good

  • Elected Officials
    • Contact information for elected officials is posted.[10]
  • Meetings
    • City council meeting minutes and agendas are published.[11]
    • Agendas and minutes are archived to 1996.
  • Administration
    • Contact information for administrative officials is posted.[12]
  • Budget
    • The current budget is published.[13]
    • Budgets are archived to 2007 under the proposed budget drop down menu.
  • Audit
    • Most recent financial audit is posted.[14]
    • Audits are archived to 2003.
  • Contracts
    • Current bids are posted.[15]
    • Awarded bids are posted.[16]
  • Permits and Zoning
    • Building permits are posted.[17]
    • Zoning information is available.[18]
  • Public Records
  • Taxes
    • Information local tax rates, including property tax, hotel/ motel taxes and alcohol taxes are posted.[20]
  • Lobbying
    • Lobbyist registration information is posted.[21]

The bad

  • Lobbying
    • There is no information on taxpayer funded lobbying efforts on behalf of the city.

See also

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