North Las Vegas, Nevada

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North Las Vegas, Nevada
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General information
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Mayor:John J. Lee
Last mayoral election:2013
Next mayoral election:2017
Last city council election:2013
Next city council election:2015
City council seats:5
2014-15 FY Budget:$492 million
City website
Composition data
Population in 2013:226,877
Gender:50.2% Female
Race:Hispanic or Latino 38.8%
White 31.2%
African American 19.9%
Asian 6.3%
Two or More Races 5.8%
Unemployment:8.9%
Median household income:$55,466
High school graduation rate:76.3%
College graduation rate:15.2%
Related North Las Vegas offices
Nevada Congressional Delegation
Nevada State Legislature
Nevada state executive offices
North Las Vegas is a city in Clark County, Nevada. As of 2013, its population was 226,877.[1]

City government

The city of North Las Vegas 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 a chief executive called a city manager to oversee day-to-day municipal operations and implement the council's policy and legislative initiatives.[2]

City manager

The city manager is the city's chief executive. The responsibilities of the city manager include overseeing the city's day-to-day operations, planning and implementing the city's operating budget and appointing departmental directors and other senior-level positions.[3]

Mayor

The mayor is a member of city council. He or she presides over council meetings and official city ceremonies. The mayor also represents the city on the state, national and international levels. John J. Lee is the current Mayor of North Las Vegas.[2]

City council

The North Las Vegas 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.[2]

Membership

The North Las Vegas City Council is made up of five members. While the mayor is elected at-large, the other four members are elected by the city's four districts.[2]

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 North Las Vegas 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.[2]

For a full list of North Las Vegas city boards and commissions, see here.

Elections

2015

See also: North Las Vegas, Nevada municipal elections, 2015

The city of North Las Vegas, Nevada will hold elections for city council on June 2, 2015. A primary election will take place on April 7, 2015.[4] The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election is February 6, 2015.[5] Two of the four city council seats are up for election.

Budget

North Las Vegas' adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2014-15 was $492 million.[6]

Contact information

City Council
City of North Las Vegas
2250 Las Vegas Boulevard North
North Las Vegas, NV 89030
Phone: (702) 633-1000

To contact individual council members, see here.

Ballot measures

See also: Clark County, Nevada ballot measures

The city of North Las Vegas is in Clark County. A list of ballot measures in Clark County is available here.

Initiative process

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Nevada

North Las Vegas is a charter city and follows the initiative process for ordinances and charter amendments dictated by Nevada Revised Statutes 295.195-295.220 and 268.010.[7][8]

Lobbying

In 2013, North Las Vegas' federal lobbying related expenses amounted to approximately $120,000.[9] 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.[10][11] 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 North Las Vegas filed reports, read the federal disclosure forms by clicking the "Issues" links in the box below.

Federal Lobbying Issues, 2013
Reports Issues
8 Fed Budget & Appropriations
4 Real Estate & Land Use
4 Urban Development

City website evaluation

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Transparency grading process

See also: Evaluation of Nevada city websites

The good

  • Budget is posted and archived for three years[12]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting agendas and minutes are posted[13]
  • Elected officials
    • Elected officials are listed with names, phone numbers, and physical addresses[14]
  • Administrative Officials
    • Administrators are listed with names, phone numbers, and physical addresses[15]
  • Building Permits and Zoning
    • Zoning information is available[16]
    • Building permit applications are available[17]
  • Public Records
    • Records officer is listed with contact information[18]
  • Taxes
    • Tax rates and revenues are listed in the budget.

The bad

  • Meetings
    • Meeting agendas and minutes do not appear to be archived for three years.
    • There is a meeting calendar, but it does not appear to be updated[19]
  • Elected officials
    • A general contact form is available for elected officials. No email addresses are listed.
  • Administrative Officials
    • A general contact form is available for elected officials. No email addresses are listed.
  • Audits
    • Audits are not posted or archived for three years.
  • Contracts
    • Contracts over $10,000 are not available
    • Bids and RFPs are not posted.
  • Lobbying
    • Does not disclose membership in government sector lobbying organizations
    • Does not disclose money spent on lobbying efforts.
  • Public Records
    • Public records policy and information on how to file a records request is not available

See also

External links

References

  1. U.S. Census Bureau, "State and County Quick Facts," accessed on October 28, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 City of North Las Vegas, "Mayor and Council," accessed on October 28, 2014
  3. City of North Las Vegas, "City Manager," accessed on October 28, 2014
  4. Clark County Nevada, "Election: Important Dates," accessed November 17, 2014
  5. Correspondence with City Clerk Barbara Andolina on November 17, 2014.
  6. City of North Las Vegas, "All Funds Summary 2014-2015," accessed on October 28, 2014
  7. Nevada State Legislature, "Nevada Revised Statutes 268.010," accessed on October 28, 2014
  8. Nevada State Legislature, "Nevada Revised Statutes 295.195-295.220," accessed on October 28, 2014
  9. Open Secrets, "City of North Las Vegas, NV," accessed on October 28, 2014
  10. U.S. House of Representatives: Office of the Clerk, "Lobbying Disclosure Act Guidance," accessed on November 11, 2014
  11. Open Secrets, "Methodology," accessed on November 11, 2014
  12. City of North Las Vegas, "Finance," accessed on November 17, 2012
  13. City of North Las Vegas, "Meetings & Agendas," accessed on November 17, 2012
  14. City of North Las Vegas, "Mayor And Council," accessed on November 17, 2012
  15. City of North Las Vegas, "City Manager's office," accessed on November 17, 2012
  16. City of North Las Vegas, "Zoning master plan (PDF)," accessed on November 17, 2012
  17. City of North Las Vegas, "PCA Application Packet (PDF)," accessed on November 17, 2012
  18. City of North Las Vegas, "City Clerk," accessed on November 17, 2012
  19. City of North Las Vegas, "Calendar," accessed on November 17, 2012