Laredo, Texas

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Laredo, Texas
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General information
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Mayor:Pete Saenz
Mayor party:Nonpartisan
Last mayoral election:November 4, 2014
Next mayoral election:2018
Last city council election:November 4, 2014
Next city council election:2016
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
Texas Congressional Delegation
Texas State Legislature
Texas state executive offices
Laredo Texas is a city in Webb County, Texas. As of 2013, its population was 248,142.[1]

City government

See also: Council-manager 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 day-to-day municipal operations and implement the council's policy and legislative.[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]

Mayor

The mayor is a member of city council. He or she presides over council meetings and official city ceremonies. The mayor also represents the city on the state, national and international levels. Pete Saenz is the current Mayor of Laredo.[4][5]

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.[6]

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.[4].

A full list of city council members can be found here

Advisory boards

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.[7]

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 held nonpartisan 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.[8]

Five city council seats were up for election. These included Districts 1, 2, 3, 6 and 8.

Budget

Laredo's adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2013-14 was $556 million.[9]

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.[10] 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's federal lobbying related expenses amounted to approximately $5,000.[11] 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.[12][13] 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 Laredo filed reports, read the federal disclosure forms by clicking the "Issues" links in the box below.

Federal Lobbying Issues, 2013
Reports Issues
4 Urban Development

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.[14]
  • Meetings
    • City council meeting minutes and agendas are published.[15]
    • Agendas and minutes are archived to 1996.
  • Administration
    • Contact information for administrative officials is posted.[16]
  • Budget
    • The current budget is published.[17]
    • Budgets are archived to 2007 under the proposed budget drop down menu.
  • Audit
    • Most recent financial audit is posted.[18]
    • Audits are archived to 2003.
  • Contracts
    • Current bids are posted.[19]
    • Awarded bids are posted.[20]
  • Permits and Zoning
    • Building permits are posted.[21]
    • Zoning information is available.[22]
  • Public Records
  • Taxes
    • Information local tax rates, including property tax, hotel/ motel taxes and alcohol taxes are posted.[24]
  • Lobbying
    • Lobbyist registration information is posted.[25]

The bad

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

See also

External links

References

  1. U.S. Census, "State and County Quick Facts," accessed on August 20, 2014
  2. Laredo City Charter, Sec. 1.02, accessed on September 19, 2014
  3. City of Laredo, "City Manager," accessed on October 30, 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 City of Laredo, "City Government," accessed on August 18, 2014
  5. Laredo Morning Times, "Pete Saenz sworn in as Laredo mayor," November 12, 2014
  6. City of Laredo, "City Council," accessed on August 18, 2014
  7. City of Laredo, "Boards," accessed on August 26, 2014
  8. Texas Secretary of State, "2014 Important Election Dates," accessed May 14, 2014
  9. City of Laredo, "Laredo, Texas: FY 2014 Annual Budget," accessed on August 26, 2014
  10. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named census
  11. Open Secrets, "City of Laredo, TX," accessed on September 19, 2014
  12. U.S. House of Representatives: Office of the Clerk, "Lobbying Disclosure Act Guidance," accessed on November 11, 2014
  13. Open Secrets, "Methodology," accessed on November 11, 2014
  14. City of Laredo, "City council," accessed on August 20, 2014
  15. City of Laredo, "Meetings," accessed on August 20, 2014
  16. City of Laredo, "City Departments," accessed on August 20, 2014
  17. City of Laredo, "Budget," accessed on August 20, 2014
  18. City of Laredo, "Finance," accessed on August 20, 2014
  19. City of Laredo,, "Current bids," accessed on August 20, 2014
  20. City of Laredo, "Awarded bids," accessed on August 20, 2014
  21. City of Laredo, "Permits," accessed on August 20, 2014
  22. City of Laredo, "Planning," accessed on August 20, 2014
  23. Open Records Center, "records," accessed on August 20, 2014
  24. City of Laredo, "Tax Rate," accessed on August 20, 2014
  25. City of Laredo, "Lobbyist registration," accessed on August 20, 2014