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: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:$1.3 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%
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

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]


The mayor presides over city council meetings and official city ceremonies. John Giles is the current Mayor of Mesa.[3]

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.[3]


The city council consists of seven members including the mayor. All are elected at-large.[3]

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.[4]

For a full list of Mesa's commissions, boards and committees, see 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 took place on August 26, 2014. The deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was May 28, 2014.[5]


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


In 2013, Mesa spent a total of $160,000 on federal lobbying. The issues for which the city filed, as well as the numbers of reports, can be seen below. [8]

Federal Lobbying Issues, 2013
Reports Issue
4 Aviation, Airlines, and Airports
4 Federal Budget and Appropriations
4 Economics and Economic 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

Elected Officials
Administrative Officials
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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.[9]
    • Budgets are archived to 2003.
  • Meetings
    • Meeting schedule, minutes, and agendas are available.[10]
    • Minutes and agendas are archived to 2010.[11]
  • Elected Officials
    • Elected officials are listed with contact information.[12]
  • Administration
    • Administrative officials are listed with contact information under respective department.[13]
  • Zoning and Permits
    • Information on zoning is available.[14]
    • Permits are posted.[15]
    • Fee information is posted.[16]
  • Audits
    • Audits are posted.[17]
    • Audits are archived to 2006.[18]
  • Contracts
    • Information on purchasing and contracts is provided.[19]
    • Awarded bids and current bids are posted.
  • Public Records
  • Taxes
    • Financial reports and local tax information is posted.[21]
    • Individual tax information available online.[22]

The bad

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

See also

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