Mesa, Arizona

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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. A 2010 estimate from the Census Bureau puts the city's population at 439,041.[1]

Procurement Process

Alex Finter, chairman of the council's Audit, Finance and Enterprise Committee, would like for the contracting process to become more public. His committee recommended on a 2-1 vote that the City Council ask staff to draft an ordinance requiring council review of all spending over a certain dollar amount. City Manager Chris Brady told the committee that the city is improving his procurement processes and that requiring council review of all spending would slow down the system and create more work for staff members.[2]


Open Secrets reports two different numbers that Mesa spent on lobbying in 2011: $80,000[3] and $40,000.[4]

Taxpayer-funded lobbying associations

Mesa is a member of the Arizona League of Cities and Towns, a government sector lobbying association.[5]

Website evaluation

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Transparency grading process

This website was reviewed on Feb. 26, 2012.

The good

  • Budget
    • Current budget is published.[6]
    • Budgets are archived to 2003.
  • Meetings
    • Meeting schedule, minutes, and agendas are available.[7]
    • Minutes and agendas are archived to 2010.[8]
  • Elected Officials
    • Elected officials are listed with contact information.[9]
  • Administration
    • Administrative officials are listed with contact information under respective department.[10]
  • Zoning and Permits
    • Information on zoning is available.[11]
    • Permits are posted.[12]
    • Fee information is posted.[13]
  • Audits
    • Audits are posted.[14]
    • Audits are archived to 2006.[15]
  • Contracts
    • Information on purchasing and contracts is provided.[16]
    • Awarded bids and current bids are posted.
  • Public Records
  • Taxes
    • Financial reports and local tax information is posted.[18]
    • Individual tax information available online.[19]

The bad

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

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