Raleigh, North Carolina
|Raleigh, North Carolina|
|Last mayoral election:||2013|
|Next mayoral election:||October 6, 2015|
|Last city council election:||2013|
|Next city council election:||October 6, 2015|
|City council seats:||8|
|2015 FY Budget:||$754 million|
|Population in 2013:||431,746|
African American 29.3%
Hispanic or Latino 11.4%
Two or More Races 2.6%
|Median household income:||$53,699|
|High school graduation rate:||90.4%|
|College graduation rate:||46.8%|
|Related Raleigh offices|
|North Carolina Congressional Delegation|
North Carolina State Legislature
North Carolina state executive offices
- 1 City government
- 2 Elections
- 3 Budget
- 4 Contact information
- 5 Ballot measures
- 6 Lobbying
- 7 City website evaluation
- 8 See also
- 9 External links
- 10 References
- See also: Council-manager government
The city of Raleigh 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.
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.
The mayor presides over city council meetings and official city ceremonies. The mayor also represents the city on the state, national and international levels. Nancy McFarlane is the current Mayor of Raleigh.
The Raleigh 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.
The Raleigh City Council is made up of nine members, including the mayor. Five members are elected by the city's five districts, while two other members and the mayor are elected at-large.
A current list of council members can be found here.
The Raleigh City Council features five standing committees, which focus on individual policy and legislative issues. Generally, the drafting of city legislation begins with the committees.
A current list of Raleigh 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 Raleigh 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.
For a full list of Raleigh city boards and commissions, see here.
The city of Raleigh, North Carolina will hold elections for mayor and city council on October 6, 2015. A runoff, if necessary, will take place on November 3, 2015. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election is July 17, 2015. All seven city council seats are up for election.
Raleigh's adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2015 totaled $754 million.
222 W. Hargett St.
Raleigh, NC 27601
To contact individual council members, see here.
Ordinances: Signature requirement is 10% of the registered voters at the last regular municipal election. Prior to circulation, notice of circulation of a petition shall be registered with the county board of elections (NC Gen. Stat. 163-218, 163-295). Petition form and content requirements are in Raleigh Charter, Sec. 2.16, including the names and addresses of 5 electors, who, as a committee of the petitioners, shall be responsible for the circulation and filing of the petition. All petition papers shall be assembled and filed with the city clerk as one instrument. Petitions are void after 1 year from the initial notice filing (NC Gen. Stat. 163-219). After certification, the council has 60 days to adopt the measure without alteration or shall submit to the electors not less than 30 days nor more than one year from the date the council takes its final vote thereon. The council may, in its discretion, and if no regular election is to be held within such period shall, provide for a special election. Provided that, if the council passes an ordinance proposed by initiative petition in a form different from that set forth in the petition, the initiative form of the ordinance shall be submitted to the electors of the city only if, within 20 business days, an additional petition signed by 5% of the registered voters at the time of the last regular municipal election is submitted to the city council.
Restrictions: Initiative not available for an ordinance appropriating moneys or authorizing the levy of taxes.
As of October 2014, information on Raleigh's federal lobbying related expenses past 2005 is unavailable.
City website evaluation
This information was last reviewed: Feb. 11, 2013.
- *The current budget is posted.
- Budgets are archived to 2008.
- Elected Officials
- Contact information for elected officials, including individual email addresses, individual phone numbers, and a physical address is available
- Agendas and minutes are posted.
- Agendas and minutes are archived for more than three years.
- Names of administrative officials, individual email address, individual phone numbers, and a physical address are available.
- Zoning and Permits
- The current audit is published and previous audits are available for the last three years
- Audits are archived to 2002.
- Bids are posted, including approved contracts over $10,000.
- Public Records
- A public records contact is available and public records policies are available in a central location
- A list of memberships to lobbying organizations and associated fees are available and a search of lobbying doesn’t generate any relevant results.
- U.S. Census Bureau, "State and County Quick Facts," accessed on October 22, 2014
- City of Raleigh, "City Council," accessed on October 22, 2014
- City of Raleigh, "City Manager," accessed on October 22, 2014
- City of Raleigh, "Boards and Commissions," accessed on October 22, 2014
- Correspondence with Gary Sims of Wake County on November 17, 2014.
- Wake County Board of Elections, "Future Election Dates," accessed September 19, 2014
- City of Raleigh, "Adopted Operating Budget Summary FY 2015
- Open Secrets, "City of Raleigh, NC," accessed on October 22, 2014
- City of Raleigh, "Budge," accessed on October 21, 2014t
- City of Raleigh, "Budget," accessed on October 21, 2014
- City of Raleigh, "Elected officials," accessed on October 21, 2014
- City of Raleigh, "Agendas and Minutes," accessed on October 21, 2014
- City of Raleigh, "Administration," accessed on October 21, 2014
- City of Raleigh, "Permits," accessed on October 21, 2014
- City of Raleigh, "Zoning," accessed on October 21, 2014
- City of Raleigh, "Audit," accessed on October 21, 2014
- City of Raleigh, "Bids and contracts," accessed on October 21, 2014
- City of Raleigh, "Public records," accessed on October 21, 2014
- City of Raleigh, "Property Taxes," accessed on October 21, 2014
- 10 City of Raleigh, "Years of Property Taxes," accessed on October 21, 2014
- City of Raleigh, "Taxes," accessed on October 21, 2014