Mesa, Arizona

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Mesa, Arizona
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General information
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Mayor:John Giles
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:7
2013-2014 FY Budget:$1.3 billion
City website
Composition data
Population in 2013:457,587
Gender:50.8% Female
Race:White 77.1%
Hispanic or Latino 26.4
African American 3.5%
Asian 1.9%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone 2.4%
Two or More 3.4%
Unemployment:5.1%
Median household income:$49,233
High school graduation rate:87.0%
College graduation rate:24.2%
Related Mesa offices
Arizona Congressional Delegation
Arizona State Legislature
Arizona state executive offices
Mesa is a city located in Maricopa County, Arizona. It is a suburb of Phoenix, and is the third-largest city in Arizona, after Phoenix and Tucson. As of 2013, its was population was 457,587.[1]

City government

See also: Council-manager government

The city of Mesa 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]

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.[2][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. John Giles is the current Mayor of Mesa.[4]

City council

The Mesa 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 seven members including the mayor. All are elected at-large.[4]

A full list of city council members can be found here

Commissions, boards and 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 Mesa 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 Mesa's commissions, boards and committees, see here

Elections

2014

See also: Mesa, Arizona municipal elections, 2014.

Elections for the mayor and city council of Mesa, Arizona were scheduled to take place on November 4, 2014. A primary election took place on August 26, 2014.The deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was May 28, 2014.[6] In addition to the office of the mayor, three council seats were up for election.

The office of the mayor and District 6 were open seats. In districts 4 and 5, incumbents Chris Glover and David Luna ran for re-election. Glover ran unopposed.

In the primary election for mayor, John Giles defeated Danny Ray. In the District 5 primary, David Luna defeated Robert Cluff. In the District 6 primary, Kevin Thompson defeated Trevor Hansen. Because each of these primary winners won a majority of the vote, the general election for mayor and city council scheduled for November 4, 2014, was called off.[7]

Budget

Mesa's adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2013-14 was $1.3 billion.[8]

Ballot measures

See also: Maricopa County, Arizona ballot measures

The city of Mesa is in Maricopa County. A list of ballot measures in Maricopa County is available here.

Initiative process

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Arizona

Population as of the July 2011 census update: 446,518.[1] Mesa is a charter city.

Mesa computes the signature requirement percentages based on the total vote for Mayor in the preceding election (Mesa Charter, Sec. 801, 903).

Lobbying

In 2013, Mesa's federal lobbying related expenses amounted to approximately $160,000.[9] 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.[10][11] 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 Mesa filed reports, read the federal disclosure forms by clicking the "Issues" links in the box below.

Federal Lobbying Issues, 2013
Reports Issues
4 Aviation, Airlines, and Airports
4 Federal Budget and Appropriations
4 Economics & Econ Development
4 Taxes
4 Urban Development
3 Transportation
3 Housing
2 Health Issues
2 Clean Air and Water
1 Defense
1 Homeland Security
1 Law Enforcement and Crime

Website evaluation

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Transparency grading process

This website was reviewed on Feb. 26, 2012.

The good

  • Budget
    • Current budget is published.[12]
    • Budgets are archived to 2003.
  • Meetings
    • Meeting schedule, minutes, and agendas are available.[13]
    • Minutes and agendas are archived to 2010.[14]
  • Elected Officials
    • Elected officials are listed with contact information.[15]
  • Administration
    • Administrative officials are listed with contact information under respective department.[16]
  • Zoning and Permits
    • Information on zoning is available.[17]
    • Permits are posted.[18]
    • Fee information is posted.[19]
  • Audits
    • Audits are posted.[20]
    • Audits are archived to 2006.[21]
  • Contracts
    • Information on purchasing and contracts is provided.[22]
    • Awarded bids and current bids are posted.
  • Public Records
  • Taxes
    • Financial reports and local tax information is posted.[24]
    • Individual tax information available online.[25]

The bad

  • Lobbying
    • Information on taxpayer funded lobbying is not posted.

See also

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 U.S. Census, "State and County Quick Facts," accessed on August 21, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 City of Mesa, "Organizational Chart," accessed on August 21, 2014
  3. City of Mesa, "City Manager," accessed on October 30, 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 City of Mesa, "Mayor and City Council," accessed on August 21, 2014
  5. City of Mesa, "Citizen Participation Guide," accessed on August 21, 2014
  6. Maricopa County, "2014 Election Calendar," accessed May 14, 2014
  7. Maricopa County Recorder, "2014 Election Results," accessed on October 30, 2014
  8. City of Mesa, "City of Mesa FY 2013-14 Executive Budget Plan," accessed on August 21, 2014
  9. Open Secrets, "City of Mesa, AZ," accessed on August 21, 2014
  10. U.S. House of Representatives: Office of the Clerk, "Lobbying Disclosure Act Guidance," accessed on November 11, 2014
  11. Open Secrets, "Methodology," accessed on November 11, 2014
  12. City of Mesa, "Budget," accessed on August 21, 2014
  13. City of Mesa, "Meetings," accessed on August 21, 2014
  14. City of Mesa, "Meeting Archives" accessed on August 21, 2014
  15. City of Mesa, "Mayor and Council," accessed on August 21, 2014
  16. City of Mesa, "Administration," accessed on August 21, 2014
  17. City of Mesa, "Planning and development" accessed on August 21, 2014
  18. City of Mesa, "Permits," accessed on August 21, 2014
  19. City of Mesa, "Fees," accessed on August 21, 2014
  20. City of Mesa, "Audits," accessed on August 21, 2014
  21. City of Mesa, "Audit Archives," accessed on August 21, 2014
  22. City of Mesa, "Purchasing & Contracts," accessed on August 21, 2014
  23. City of Mesa, "Public Records Request," accessed on August 21, 2014
  24. City of Mesa, "Financial Reports," accessed on August 21, 2014
  25. City of Mesa, "Taxes," accessed on August 21, 2014