Lubbock, Texas

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Lubbock, Texas
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General information
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Mayor:Glen Robertson
Mayor party:Nonpartisan
Last mayoral election:May 10, 2014
Next mayoral election:2016
Last city council election:May 10, 2014
Next city council election:2016
City council seats:7
2013-14 FY Budget:$674.5 million
City website
Composition data
Population in 2013:239,538
Gender:50.9% Female
Race:White 75.8%
Hispanic or Latino 32.1%
African American 8.6%
Asian 2.4%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone 0.7%
Two or More 2.5%
Unemployment:4.5%
Median household income:$42,584
High school graduation rate:84.8%
College graduation rate:29.3%
Related Lubbock offices
Texas Congressional Delegation
Texas State Legislature
Texas state executive offices
Lubbock is a city in Lubbock County, Texas. As of 2013, its population was 239,538.[1]

City government

See also: Council-manager government

The city of Lubbock 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 Lubbock's chief executive. Appointed by city council, the city manager's responsibilities include overseeing the city's day-to-day operations, planning and implementing the city's operating budget, carrying out council policies and hiring most city government employees.[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. Glen Robertson is the current Mayor of Lubbock.[4]

City council

The Lubbock 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.[5]

Council membership

The city council consists of seven members including the mayor. The mayor is elected at-large, while the other six members are elected by the city's six districts.[5]

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 Lubbock 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 Lubbock's city boards and commissions, see here.

Elections

2014

See also: Lubbock, Texas municipal elections, 2014

The city of Lubbock, Texas held elections for mayor and city council on May 10, 2014. A runoff election took place on June 20, 2014.[7] Three of the six city council seats were up for election. Incumbent Mayor Glen Robertson won re-election unopposed. Incumbents Victor Hernandez and Karen Gibson won re-election to the council, while Jeff Griffith also won election to the council.[8]

Budget

Lubbock's adopted operating budget for fiscal 2013-14 was $674.5 million.[9]

Contact information

Office of the Mayor
City of Lubbock
P.O. Box 2000
Lubbock, Texas 79457
Phone: (806) 775-3000
Email: GRobertson@mylubbock.us

To contact individual city council members, see here.

Ballot measures

See also: Lubbock County, Texas ballot measures

Lubbock is located in Lubbock County. A list of ballot measures in Lubbock County is available here.

Initiative process

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Texas

Lubbock is a charter city. Signature requirement is equal in number to ten percent (25%) of the total number of registered voters registered to vote at the last regular election. File petitions with the city secretary. When an initiative or referendum petition has been finally determined sufficient (by the city secretary), the council shall promptly consider the proposed initiative or referendum ordinance in the manner provided herein or reconsider the referred ordinance by voting its repeal. If the council fails to adopt a proposed initiative ordinance without any change in substance within sixty (60) days or fails to repeal the referred ordinance within thirty (30) days after the date the petition was finally determined sufficient it shall submit the proposed or referred ordinance to the voters of the city. The election must be held on the next available general election date as established by state law, which election is called for any purpose than initiative or referendum

DocumentIcon.jpg Lubbock City Charter, Article IV, Sec. 1

Lobbying

Main article: Texas Municipal League members list

Lubbock pays membership dues to the Texas Municipal League, a government sector lobbying association.

As of September 2014, no up-to-date information is available for the city of Lubbock's federal lobbying related expenses.[10]

Website evaluation

The good

  • The website for Lubbock Texas includes the names and contact information for all city council members.[11]
  • City council meeting agendas[12] and minutes are published.[13]
  • The current budget is published.[14]
  • Information on audits, contracts, and tax rates is available.[15][16]
  • Building permits[17] available.
  • Local tax information is posted.[18]

The bad

  • There is no procedure for requesting public records.
  • There is no information on lobbying.

See also

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