Las Vegas, Nevada

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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General information
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Mayor:Carolyn Goodman
Mayor party:Nonpartisan
Last mayoral election:2011
Next mayoral election:2015
Last city council election:2013
Next city council election:2015
City council seats:7
2015 FY Budget:$1.077 billion
City website
Composition data
Population in 2013:603,488
Gender:49.6% Female
Race:White 62.1%
African American 11.1%
Hispanic or Latino 31.5%
Asian 6.1%
Two or More Races 4.9%
Unemployment:8.4%
Median household income:$52,601
High school graduation rate:82.1%
College graduation rate:21.3%
Related Las Vegas offices
Nevada Congressional Delegation
Nevada State Legislature
Nevada state executive offices
Las Vegas is a city in Clark County, Nevada. As of 2013, its population was 603,488.[1]

City government

See also: Council-manager government

The city of Las Vegas 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][2]

Mayor

The mayor presides over city council meetings and official city ceremonies. The mayor also represents the city on the state, national and international levels. Carolyn Goodman is the current Mayor of Las Vegas.[4][2]

City council

The Las Vegas 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][2]

Membership

The Las Vegas City Council is made up of seven members, including the mayor. Six are elected by the city's six districts, while the mayor is elected at-large.[5]

A current list of council members 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 Las Vegas 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.[6]

For a full list of Las Vegas city boards and commissions, see here.

Elections

2015

See also: Las Vegas, Nevada municipal elections, 2015

The city of Las Vegas, Nevada will hold elections for mayor and city council on June 2, 2015. A primary election will take place on April 7, 2015.[7] The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election is February 6, 2015.[8] Three of the six city council seats are up for election.

Budget

Las Vegas's adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2015 was $1.077 billion.[9]

Contact information

City Hall
495. S. Main St.
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Phone: (702) 229-2222

To contact individual city council members, see here.

Ballot measures

See also: Clark County, Nevada ballot measures

The city of Las Vegas is in Clark County. A list of ballot measures in Clark County is available here.

Initiative process

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Nevada

Las Vegas is a charter city. The process for initiative and referendum in Las Vegas can be viewed here.

Lobbying

In 2013, Las Vegas' 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 Las Vegas 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 Government Issues
4 Homeland Security
4 Urban Development
3 Taxes
3 Economics & Econ Development
3 Energy & Nuclear Power
1 Law Enforcement & Crime
1 Telecommunications
1 Transportation

City website evaluation

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Transparency grading process

The good

  • Budget
    • Budget is available and archived for three years[13]
  • Meetings
    • Minutes and agendas are available and archived for three years[14]
    • Meeting schedule is posted.[15]
  • Elected officials
    • Elected officials are listed with names, addresses, and phone numbers.[16]
  • Administrative officials
    • Administrative officials are listed by name[17]
  • Building permits and zoning
    • Zoning information is available[18]
    • Permits and information on how to acquire them are available.[19]
  • Audits
    • Audits are available and archived for three years[20]
  • Public records
    • Public records policy is available[21]
    • City Clerk contact information is available[22]
  • Taxes
    • Tax rates and revenues are listed in the budget.

The bad

  • Elected officials
    • There is an electronic contact form for elected officials. No email addresses are listed
  • Administrative officials
    • No email addresses, phone numbers, or physical addresses are listed for city council members.
  • Contracts
    • Bid opportunities and results are available but require a login to see.[23]
  • Lobbying
    • Does not disclose membership to any taxpayer-funding lobbying associations
    • Does not disclose money spent on lobbying efforts.

See also

External links

References

  1. U.S. Census Bureau, "State and County Quick Facts," accessed on October 21, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 City of Las Vegas, "Government," accessed on October 21, 2014
  3. City of Las Vegas, "City Manager," accessed on October 21, 2014
  4. City of Las Vegas, "Office of the Mayor," accessed on October 21, 2014
  5. 5.0 5.1 City of Las Vegas, "City Council," accessed on October 21, 2014
  6. City of Las Vegas, "Boards and Commissions," accessed on October 21, 2014
  7. Clark County Nevada, "Election: Important Dates," accessed November 17, 2014
  8. Correspondence with City Clerk Beverly Bridges on November 17, 2014.
  9. City of Las Vegas, "Final Budget FY 2015," accessed on October 21, 2014
  10. Open Secrets, "City of Las Vegas, NV," accessed on October 21, 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 Las Vegas, "Reports," accessed on October 21, 2014
  14. City of Las Vegas, "Meetings & Agendas," accessed on October 21, 2014
  15. City of Las Vegas, "City Council Meetings," accessed on October 21, 2014
  16. City of Las Vegas, "City Council," accessed on October 21, 2014
  17. City of Las Vegas, "City Manager," accessed on October 21, 2014
  18. City of Las Vegas, "Zoning and Subdivision Laws," accessed on October 21, 2014
  19. City of Las Vegas, "Apply for Permits," accessed on October 21, 2014
  20. City of Las Vegas, "Reports," accessed on October 21, 2014
  21. City of Las Vegas, "Public Records Access," accessed on October 21, 2014
  22. City of Las Vegas, "City Clerk," accessed on October 21, 2014
  23. City of Las Vegas, "Doing Business with the City of Las Vegas," accessed on October 21, 2014