Mesa, Arizona

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Mesa, Arizona
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General information
City website:
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Mayor:Alex Finter
Mayor party:Non-partisan
Last mayoral election:August 28, 2012
Next mayoral election:November 4, 2014
Last city council election:August 28, 2012
Next city council election:November 4, 2014
City council seats:7
2013-2014 FY Budget:$1,330,000,000
Composition data
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%
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]

Office of the Mayor

Alex Finter is the current Mayor of Mesa. Formerly the vice-mayor, Finter assumed office in April 2014, when former mayor Scott Smith resigned in order to run for governor of Arizona.[2]

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.[2]

Council-Manager System

The City of Mesa utilizes a council-manager system. An elected city council, which serves as the city's legislative body, appoints an executive called a city manager to oversee the city's day-to-day operations.[3]

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.[4]

For a full list of Mesa's commissions, boards and committees, see here


The city council consists of seven members including the mayor. All are elected at-large.[2]

A full list of city council members can be found here



See also: Mesa, Arizona municipal elections, 2014.

The city of Mesa, Arizona will hold elections for mayor and city council on November 4, 2014. A primary election will take place on August 26, 2014. The deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was May 28, 2014.[5]


Mesa's adopted annual budget for fiscal year 2013-14 was $1,330,000,000.[6]

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.[7] 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). (See above for state prescribed initiative process)

Mesa City Charter


By August, the city of Mesa was reported to have spent a total of $80,000 on federal lobbying in 2014.[8]

Taxpayer-funded lobbying associations

Mesa is a member of the Arizona League of Cities and Towns, a government sector lobbying association.[9]

Website evaluation

Elected Officials
Administrative Officials
Permits, zoning
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Public Records
Local Taxes

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Transparency grading process

This website was reviewed on Feb. 26, 2012.

The good

  • Budget
    • Current budget is published.[10]
    • Budgets are archived to 2003.
  • Meetings
    • Meeting schedule, minutes, and agendas are available.[11]
    • Minutes and agendas are archived to 2010.[12]
  • Elected Officials
    • Elected officials are listed with contact information.[13]
  • Administration
    • Administrative officials are listed with contact information under respective department.[14]
  • Zoning and Permits
    • Information on zoning is available.[15]
    • Permits are posted.[16]
    • Fee information is posted.[17]
  • Audits
    • Audits are posted.[18]
    • Audits are archived to 2006.[19]
  • Contracts
    • Information on purchasing and contracts is provided.[20]
    • Awarded bids and current bids are posted.
  • Public Records
  • Taxes
    • Financial reports and local tax information is posted.[22]
    • Individual tax information available online.[23]

The bad

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

See also

External links


  1. U.S. Census, "State and County Quick Facts," accessed on August 21, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 City of Mesa, "Mayor and City Council," accessed on August 21, 2014
  3. City of Mesa, "Organizational Chart," accessed on August 21, 2014
  4. City of Mesa, "Citizen Participation Guide," accessed on August 21, 2014
  5. Maricopa County, "2014 Election Calendar," accessed May 14, 2014
  6. City of Mesa FY 2013-14 Executive Budget Plan, accessed on August 21, 2014
  7. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named census
  8. Open Secrets, "City of Mesa, AZ," accessed on August 21, 2014
  9. Member of League of Arizona Cities and Towns, accessed on August 21, 2014
  10. City of Mesa, "Budget," accessed on August 21, 2014
  11. City of Mesa, "Meetings," accessed on August 21, 2014
  12. City of Mesa, "Meeting Archives" accessed on August 21, 2014
  13. City of Mesa, "Mayor and Council," accessed on August 21, 2014
  14. City of Mesa, "Administration," accessed on August 21, 2014
  15. City of Mesa, "Planning and development" accessed on August 21, 2014
  16. City of Mesa, "Permits," accessed on August 21, 2014
  17. City of Mesa, "Fees," accessed on August 21, 2014
  18. City of Mesa, "Audits," accessed on August 21, 2014
  19. City of Mesa, "Audit Archives," accessed on August 21, 2014
  20. City of Mesa, "Purchasing & Contracts," accessed on August 21, 2014
  21. City of Mesa, "Public Records Request," accessed on August 21, 2014
  22. City of Mesa, "Financial Reports," accessed on August 21, 2014
  23. City of Mesa, "Taxes," accessed on August 21, 2014