Miami, Florida

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Miami, Florida
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General information
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Mayor:Tomás Regalado
Mayor party:Nonpartisan
Last mayoral election:2013
Next mayoral election:2017
Last city council election:2013
Next city council election:November 3, 2015
City council seats:5
2014 FY Budget:$523 million
City website
Composition data
Population in 2013:417,650
Gender:50.2% Female
Race:White 11.9%
African American 19.2%
Asian 1.0%
Two or More Races 2.7%
Ethnicity:Hispanic or Latino 70.0%
Median household income:$29,762
High school graduation rate:69.6%
College graduation rate:22.9%
Related Miami offices
Florida Congressional Delegation
Florida State Legislature
Florida state executive offices
Miami is a city in Miami-Dade County, Florida. As of 2013, its population was 417,650.[1]

City government

See also: Mayor-council government

The city of Miami utilizes a "mayor-city commissioner plan." In this form of municipal government, an elected board of commissioners serves as the city's primary legislative body while a mayor serves as the city's chief executive. The mayor appoints an administrative executive called a city manager to oversee day-to-day municipal operations and implement city policies.[2]


The mayor serves as the city's chief executive officer and is responsible for proposing a budget, signing legislation into law, appointing departmental directors and overseeing the city's day-to-day operations. The mayor also represents the city on the state, national and international levels. Tomás Regalado is the current Mayor of Miami.[3]

City manager

The city manager is the city's chief administrative officer. This is not an elected position, but rather the individual who holds it is appointed by the mayor and approved by the board of commissioners. The responsibilities of the city manager include assisting the mayor's office with the preparation of the city budget, overseeing the city's day-to-day operations and departments and implementing city policies as directed by the mayor and board of commissioners.[4]

Board of commissioners

The Miami Board of Commissioners is the city's primary legislative body. It is responsible for adopting the city budget, approving mayoral appointees, levying taxes and making or amending city laws, policies and ordinances.[4]


The Miami Board of Commissioners is made up of five members. Each is elected by one of the city's five districts.[5]

A current list of council members can be found here.

Boards and commissions

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 Miami Board of Commissioners. 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]



See also: Miami, Florida municipal elections, 2015

The city of Miami, Florida, will hold elections for the city council on November 3, 2015. A runoff, if necessary, will take place on November 10, 2015. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election is September 19, 2015.[7] Three of the five city council seats are up for election.[8]


Miami's adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2014 was $523 million.[9]

Contact information

Office of the Mayor
3500 Pan American Drive
Miami, FL 33133
Phone: 305-250-5300

To contact individual council members, see here.

Ballot measures

See also: Miami-Dade County, Florida ballot measures

The city of Miami is in Miami-Dade County. A list of ballot measures in Miami-Dade County is available here.

Initiative process

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Florida

Population as of the July, 2011 census update: 408,750.[10] Miami is a charter city.

Miami has its own initiative process for ordinances. Signatures from 10% of the electors of the city registered at the last general municipal election are required for the petition. Any 5 registered voters may commence the initiative proceedings by filing with the city clerk an affidavit stating they will constitute the committee of the petition, along with other required content. Registration as a political committee may be required under Florida Statute 106.03. The requirements for circulators and the circulator affidavit form are found in the Miami Charter, Section 5. The process for approval is indirect and the commission has 30 days to pass or submit the proposed ordinance at the next election occurring not fewer than 30 days after. If no election is to be held within 6 months from such date, the city commission shall call a special election to be held not fewer than 30 nor more than 120 days later. A simple majority determines the outcome of the election. (Miami Charter, Sec. 5)[11]


In 2013, Miami's federal lobbying related expenses amounted to approximately $40,000.[12] 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.[13][14] 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 Miami filed reports, read the federal disclosure forms by clicking the "Issues" links in the box below.

Federal Lobbying Issues, 2013
Reports Issues
4 Fed Budget & Appropriations
3 Economics & Econ Development
3 Energy & Nuclear Power
1 Environment & Superfund

City website evaluation

In 2011 Miami earned a Sunny Awards for having a perfect website transparency score.

This website was most recently reviewed an unknown date.

Elected Officials
Administrative Officials
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Public Records
Local Taxes

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Transparency grading process

The good

  • Budget
    • The most current budget is listed.
    • Budgets are archived for 10 years.[15]
  • Administrative Officials
    • Department heads are listed for each department.[16]
    • Contact information for administrative officials is provided including a mailing address, phone number, and personalized email.
  • Elected Officials
    • Elected officials are listed with a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.[17]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting minutes are archived for 4 years.
    • Meeting agendas are archived for 4 years.
    • A meeting calendar is available and names the times and locations of public meetings.
    • Meeting videos are available.[18]
  • Audits
    • The most recent audit is posted.
    • Audits dating back to 2003 are available.[19]
  • Contracts
    • Bids and RFPs are posted online.
    • Approved contract statements are provided for vendors.[20]
  • Public Records
    • The public information officer is identified and maintained by the City Clerk. This person provides a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.[21]
    • A fee schedule for documents is provided.
  • Taxes
    • Tax revenues are broken down by federal, state, and local funding in the budget.
    • Local taxes, like property taxes, are available online.[22]
    • Residents are able to pay taxes online.
  • Permits and zoning
    • Zoning ordinances are posted online.[23]
    • Permit applications can be downloaded on the site, along with information on how to apply for the permits.[24]

The bad

  • Lobbying
    • If the city engaged in lobbying actives or if it's a member of government lobbying associations are not disclosed. Nor is the total cost lobbying activities or membership dues for associations available.

See also

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External links


  1. U.S. Census Bureau, "State and County Quick Facts," accessed on October 22, 2014
  2. Miami City Charter, Sec. 4a, accessed on October 22, 2014
  3. Miami City Charter, Sec. 4g, accessed on October 22, 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 Miami City Charter, Sec. 15-16, accessed on October 22, 2014
  5. Miami City Charter, Sec. 4b, accessed on October 22, 2014
  6. Miami City Charter, Sec. 2-861 and 2-881-2-884, accessed on October 22, 2014
  7. Correspondence with Elections Coordinator Dwight S. Danie on November 17, 2014.
  8. Miami-Dade Elections, "Election Calendar For 2015," accessed September 19, 2014
  9. City of Miami, "Adopted Operating Budget FY 2014," accessed on October 22, 2014
  10. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named census
  11. Link to Miami Charter
  12. Open Secrets, "City of Miami, FL," accessed on October 22, 2014
  13. U.S. House of Representatives: Office of the Clerk, "Lobbying Disclosure Act Guidance," accessed on November 11, 2014
  14. Open Secrets, "Methodology," accessed on November 11, 2014
  15. City of Miami, "Budgets," accessed on January 31, 2013
  16. City of Miami, "Staff Directory," accessed on January 31, 2013
  17. City of Miami, "Elected Officials," accessed on January 31, 2013
  18. City of Miami, "Meeting Minutes, Agendas, Calendar, and Videos," accessed on January 31, 2013
  19. City of Miami, "Audits," accessed on January 31, 2013
  20. City of Miami, "Current Solicitations and Awarded Contracts," accessed on January 31, 2013
  21. City of Miami, "Public Records," accessed on January 31, 2013
  22. City of Miami, "Taxes," accessed on January 31, 2013
  23. City of Miami, "Zoning," accessed on January 31, 2013
  24. City of Miami, "Building Permits," accessed on January 31, 2013