|Last mayoral election:||2013|
|Next mayoral election:||2017|
|Last city council election:||2013|
|Next city council election:||2015|
|City council seats:||9|
|2014 FY Budget:||$4.4 billion|
|Population in 2013:||652,405|
African American 7.9%
Hispanic or Latino 6.6%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone 0.8%
Two or More 5.1%
|Median household income:||$63,470|
|High school graduation rate:||92.9%|
|College graduation rate:||56.5%|
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The city of Seattle 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 and the mayor serves as the city's chief executive.
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. Ed Murray is the current Mayor of Seattle.
The Seattle 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.
Seattle's city council has nine members. A list of current members can be found here. For most of Seattle's recent history, all nine of these members were elected at-large. In 2013, however, Seattle voters approved Proposed Charter Amendment No. 19. This amendment created seven new districts within the city, which are responsible for electing seven council members. Two council members are still elected at-large. The transition from at-large voting to district-based voting will take place in conjunction with the November 2015 elections. All nine city council seats will be up for election. The seven district members will serve four year terms. Initially, the two at-large members will serve two year terms; but after 2017, they will serve four year terms. A map of Seattle's seven districts can be seen below. For more information on Proposed Charter Amendment No. 19, visit the Seattle city clerk's office.
The Seattle City Council features a total of twenty standing and ad hoc committees, which focus on individual policy and legislative issues. Generally, the drafting of city legislation begins with the committees.
For a list of Seattle's committees and committee members, see 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 Seattle 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 Seattle city boards and commissions, see here.
Seattle's adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2014 was $4.4 billion.
Seattle City Hall
600 Fourth Avenue, Third Floor
Seattle, Washington 98104
Phone: (206) 684-8344
See here to contact the mayor's office.
See here to contact individual council members.
- See also: King County, Washington ballot measures
Seattle is a first class charter city and, according to the July 2011 Census update, possesses a population of 620,778. Signature requirement is 10% of the total number of votes cast for the office of Mayor at the last preceding municipal election; 20% to force a special election. Prior to circulation for signatures, such petition shall be filed with the city clerk in the form prescribed by ordinance, and by such officer assigned a serial number, dated, and approved or rejected as to form. The petition form requirements are in Seattle Municipal Code, 2.08.010 to .040. Petitions must be filed with the clerk within 180 days of form approval. After certification, the council has 45 days to adopt or shall submit at the next regularly scheduled election, irrespective of whether it is a state or municipal election or a primary or general election; but the city council may in its discretion designate submission be at a general election rather than a primary or call an earlier special election. If signatures equal 20% a special election shall be called within 60 days.
- See also: Washington government sector lobbying
In 2013, Seattle spent a total of $80,000 on federal lobbying. The city filed four reports each for the following issues: Federal Budget and Appropriations; Marine, Boats and Fisheries; and Transportation.
|Transparency grading process|
- Elected officials
- A city staff directory is posted.
- Budgets are posted.
- Budgets are archived for at least three years.
- Audits are posted.
- Audits are archived for at least three years.
- Bid opportunities and contracts are posted.
- Permits and zoning
- Public records
- Information on private lobbyists lobbying the city is provided.
- The site does not disclose whether the city belongs to any Taxpayer-funded lobbying associations or expenses the city incurs engaging with private lobbyists.
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