Plano, Texas

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Plano, Texas
New City of Plano logo circa 2013.jpg
General information
Harry LaRosiliere.jpg
Mayor:Harry LaRosiliere
Mayor party:Nonpartisan
Last mayoral election:2013
Next mayoral election:2017
Last city council election:2013
Next city council election:2015
City council seats:8
2013-14 FY Budget:$492 million
City website
Composition data
Population in 2013:274,409
Gender:51.1% Female
Race:White 66.9%
Hispanic or Latino 14.7%
African American 7.6%
Asian 16.9%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone 0.1%
Two or More 3.0%
Unemployment:4.3%
Median household income:$83,193
High school graduation rate:92.9%
College graduation rate:54.0%
Related Plano offices
Texas Congressional Delegation
Texas State Legislature
Texas state executive offices
Plano is a city in Collin County and Denton County, Texas. As of 2013, its population was 274,409.[1]

City government

See also: Council-manager government

The city of Plano 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][3]

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.[4]

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.[2] Harry LaRosiliere is the current Mayor of Plano.[5]

City council

The Plano 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 Plano City Council is made up of eight members, including the mayor. All are elected at-large.[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 Plano 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.[6]

For a full list of Plano city boards and commissions, see here.

Elections

2015

See also: Plano, Texas municipal elections, 2015

The city of Plano, Texas will hold elections for city council on May 9, 2015. Four of the seven city council seats are up for election. All members of the Plano City Council are elected at-large.[7]

Budget

Plano's adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2013-14 was $492 million.[8]

Contact Information

Office of the Mayor
1520 K Ave.
Plano, TX 75074
Phone: (972) 941-7107

To contact individual city council members and the mayor by email, see here.

Ballot Measures

See also: Collin County, Texas ballot measures.
See also: Denton County, Texas ballot measures.

Plano is located in Collin County and Denton County, Texas. A list of ballot measures in Collin County is available here; in Denton County, here.

Initiative process

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Texas

Population as of the July 2011 census update: 269,776.[9] Plano is a charter city. Signature requirement is 20% of the number of votes cast at the last regular municipal election of the city, or 150, whichever is greater. Petition form requirements are detailed in the charter, Art. 7, Sec. 7.02. File petitions with city secretary. After certification, the council has 10 days to adopt or call a special election in accordance with the Election Code.

DocumentIcon.jpg Plano Charter, Art. 7

Lobbying

In 2013, Plano's federal lobbying related expenses amounted to approximately $40,000.[10] 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.[11][12] 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 Plano filed reports, read the federal disclosure forms by clicking the "Issues" links in the box below.

Federal Lobbying Issues, 2013
Reports Issues
2 Government Issues
1 Taxes
1 Urban Development

See Also

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