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Raleigh, North Carolina

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Raleigh, North Carolina
Seal of Raleigh.svg
General information
Nancy McFarlane.jpg
Mayor:Nancy McFarlane
Mayor party:Nonpartisan
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
City website
Composition data
Population in 2013:431,746
Gender:51.7% Female
Race:White 53.3%
African American 29.3%
Asian 4.3%
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
Raleigh is a city in Wake County, North Carolina. As of 2013, its population was 431,746.[1]

City government

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.[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]


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.[2]

City council

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.[2]


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.[2]

A current list of council members can be found here.

Council committees

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.[2]

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.[4]

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



See also: Raleigh, North Carolina municipal elections, 2015

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.[5] All seven city council seats are up for election.[6]


Raleigh's adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2015 totaled $754 million.[7]

Contact information

City Council
Municipal Building
222 W. Hargett St.
Raleigh, NC 27601

To contact individual council members, see here.

Ballot measures

See also: Wake County, North Carolina ballot measures

The city of Raleigh is in Wake County. A list of ballot measures in Wake County is available here.

Initiative process

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in North Carolina

Population as of the July, 2011 census update: 416,468.[1] Raleigh is a charter city.

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.

DocumentIcon.jpg Raleigh Charter, Sec. 2.16


As of October 2014, information on Raleigh's federal lobbying related expenses past 2005 is unavailable.[8]

City website evaluation

See also: Evaluation of North Carolina city websites

This information was last reviewed: Feb. 11, 2013.

The good

  • Budget
  • *The current budget is posted.[9]
    • Budgets are archived to 2008.[10]
  • Elected Officials
    • Contact information for elected officials, including individual email addresses, individual phone numbers, and a physical address is available[11]
  • Meetings
    • Agendas and minutes are posted.[12]
    • Agendas and minutes are archived for more than three years.
  • Administration
    • Names of administrative officials, individual email address, individual phone numbers, and a physical address are available.[13]
  • Zoning and Permits
    • Permit applications are available for download[14]
    • Zoning ordinances are available.[15]
  • Audits
    • The current audit is published and previous audits are available for the last three years[16]
    • Audits are archived to 2002.
  • Contracts
    • Bids are posted, including approved contracts over $10,000.[17]
  • Public Records
    • A public records contact is available and public records policies are available in a central location[18]
  • Taxes
    • City property tax information is posted.[19]
    • Assessed value of property taxes for over 10 years is posted.[20]
    • Tax revenues are available and tax rates are published in the Budget[21]

The bad

  • Lobbying
    • A list of memberships to lobbying organizations and associated fees are available and a search of lobbying doesn’t generate any relevant results.

See also

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