Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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General information
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Mayor:Betsy Hodges
Mayor party:Nonpartisan
Last mayoral election:2013
Next mayoral election:2017
Last city council election:2013
Next city council election:2017
City council seats:13
2015 FY Budget:$1.2 billion
City website
Composition data
Population in 2013:400,070
Gender:49.7% Female
Race:White 60.3%
African American 18.6%
Hispanic or Latino 10.5%
Asian 5.6%
Two or More Races 4.4%
Median household income:$48,881
High school graduation rate:88.0%
College graduation rate:45.5%
Related Minneapolis offices
Minnesota Congressional Delegation
Minnesota State Legislature
Minnesota state executive offices
Minneapolis is a city in Hennepin County, Minnesota. As of 2013, its population was 400,070.[1]

City government

See also: Mayor-council government

The city of Minneapolis utilizes a "strong mayor" and city council system. In this form of municipal government, the city council serves as the city's primary legislative body while the mayor serves as the city's chief executive.

Mayor

The mayor serves as the city's chief executive 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. Betsy Hodges is the current Mayor of Minneapolis.[2]

City council

The Minneapolis City Council 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.[3]

Membership

The Minneapolis City Council is made up of thirteen members, each of whom is elected by one of the city's thirteen districts.[3]

A current list of council members can be found here.

Council committees

The Minneapolis City Council features eleven standing committees, which focus on individual policy and legislative issues. Generally, the drafting of city legislation begins with the committees.

The council also features two independent committees, which focus on government oversight.[4]

A current list of Minneapolis City Council committees 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 Minneapolis 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 Minneapolis city boards and commissions, see here.

Budget

Minneapolis' adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2015 was $1.2 billion.[6]

Contact information

Office of the Mayor
350 S. 5th St., Room 331
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Phone: (612) 673-2100

City Council
City Hall, Room 307
350 South Fifth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Phone: (612) 673-2200

To contact individual council members, see here.

Ballot measures

See also: Hennepin County, Minnesota ballot measures

The city of Minneapolis is in Hennepin County. A list of ballot measures in Hennepin County is available here.

Initiative process

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Minnesota

Neither the Minneapolis charter nor city code contain provisions for initiative petitions to enact ordinances. Charter amendments may be proposed by petition under state law.

Lobbying

In 2013, Minneapolis' federal lobbying related expenses amounted to approximately $80,000.[7] 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.[8][9] 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 Minneapolis filed reports, read the federal disclosure forms by clicking the "Issues" links in the box below.

Federal Lobbying Issues, 2013
Reports Issues
8 Transportation
4 Fed Budget & Appropriations
4 Environment & Superfund
4 Health Issues
4 Law Enforcement & Crime
1 Agriculture

City website evaluation

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Transparency grading process

The good

  • Current and past budgets posted.[10]
  • City Council meetings[11] and minutes[12] posted.
  • There is information on permits and zoning.[13]
  • Current and past audits are posted.[10]
  • The Procurement page[14] lists currents bids, past awards, and information on the bidding process. Additionally, other current RFPs[15], ongoing contracted initiatives[16], and other contract information posted under the Business Information Services page[17]
  • Discloses information about government sector lobbying initiatives and membership to government sector lobbying associations
  • Information local use taxes[18] and property taxes posted[19], as well as links to state sales tax information[20]

The bad

  • City Council member[3] and Mayor[21] contacts posted, but are only telephone numbers to their offices and do not provide personal e-mail or phone numbers.
  • There is a 'City Services Directory' with contact information for administrative officials and departments, but no e-mail or direct phone numbers.[22]
  • There is no information on how to request public records consistent with the Minnesota Data Practices Act

See also

External links

References

  1. U.S. Census Bureau, "State and County Quick Facts," accessed on October 23, 2014
  2. City of Minneapolis, "Mayor," accessed on October 23, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 City of Minneapolis, "Council," accessed on October 23, 2014
  4. City of Minneapolis, "Committees," accessed on October 23, 2014
  5. City of Minneapolis, "Boards," accessed on October 23, 2014
  6. City of Minneapolis, "City Budget," accessed on October 23, 2014
  7. Open Secrets, "City of Minneapolis, MN," accessed on October 23, 2014
  8. U.S. House of Representatives: Office of the Clerk, "Lobbying Disclosure Act Guidance," accessed on November 11, 2014
  9. Open Secrets, "Methodology," accessed on November 11, 2014
  10. 10.0 10.1 City of Minneapolis, "Finance Department," accessed on October 23, 2014
  11. City of Minneapolis, "Meetings," accessed on October 23, 2014
  12. City of Minneapolis, "City Council archives," accessed on October 23, 2014
  13. City of Minneapolis, "Planning, Zoning & Development Review," accessed on October 23, 2014
  14. City of Minneapolis, "Procurement," accessed on October 23, 2014
  15. City of Minneapolis, "Request for Proposals," accessed on October 23, 2014
  16. City of Minneapolis, "Contracted Initiatives," accessed on October 23, 2014
  17. City of Minneapolis, "Business Information Services," accessed on October 23, 2014
  18. City of Minneapolis, "Use Taxes," accessed on October 23, 2014
  19. City of Minneapolis, "Assessor," accessed on October 23, 2014
  20. City of Minneapolis, "State sales tax fact sheets by name," accessed on October 23, 2014
  21. City of Minneapolis, "Contact Mayor," accessed on October 23, 2014
  22. City of Minneapolis, "City Services Directory," accessed on October 23, 2014