Tucson, Arizona

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Tucson, Arizona
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General information
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Mayor:Jonathan Rothschild
Mayor party:Nonpartisan
Last mayoral election:2011
Next mayoral election:August 25, 2015
Last city council election:2013
Next city council election:August 25, 2015
City council seats:7
2015 FY Budget:$1.265 billion
Composition data
Population in 2013:526,116
Gender:50.5% Female
Race:White 47.2%
African American 5.0%
Hispanic or Latino 41.6%
Asian 2.9%
Two or More Races 4.2%
Unemployment:7.0%
Median household income:$36,939
High school graduation rate:84.0%
College graduation rate:24.2%
Related Tucson offices
Arizona Congressional Delegation
Arizona State Legislature
Arizona state executive offices
Tucson is a city in Pima County, Arizona. As of 2013, its population was 526,116.[1]

City government

The city of Tucson 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 presides over city council meetings and official city ceremonies. The mayor also represents the city on the state, national and international levels. Jonathan Rothschild is the current Mayor of Tucson.[4]

City council

The Tucson 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.[5]

Membership

The Tucson City Council is made up of seven members, including the mayor. Six council members are elected by the city's six wards, while the mayor is elected at-large.[5]

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 Tucson 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 Tucson city boards and commissions, see here.

Elections

2015

See also: Tucson, Arizona municipal elections, 2015

The city of Tucson, Arizona will hold elections for mayor and city council on November 3, 2015. A primary will take place on August 25, 2015. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election is May 27, 2015, for primary candidates and is September 24, 2015, for general election candidates. Three of the six city council seats are up for election.[7]

Budget

Tucson's adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2015 was $1.265 billion.[8]

Contact information

Office of the Mayor
City Hall, 10th Floor
255 W. Alameda
Tucson, AZ 85701
Phone: (520) 791-4201
Email: mayor1@tucsonaz.gov

The mayor's website also provides an online contact form. It can be accessed here.

To contact individual council members, see here.

Ballot measures

See also: Pima County, Arizona ballot measures

The city of Tucson is in Pima County. A list of ballot measures in Pima County is available here.

Initiative process

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Arizona

Population as of the July, 2011 census update: 525,796.[9] Tucson is a charter city.

Tucson has additional provisions for ordinance initiative and referendum only. The city of Tucson computes the requisite signature percentages of voters based on the vote for the candidates for mayor at the last preceding general municipal election at which a mayor was elected (Tucson Charter, Chap. XIX, Sec. 1). The form of a petition is established in the Tucson Charter, Chap. XIX, Sec. 2. On the filing of a successful petition, the council may pass the measure or proceed to call a special election. (Tucson Charter, Chap. XIX, Sec. 3) (See above for state prescribed initiative process)

Tucson City Charter

Lobbying

In 2013, Tucson's federal lobbying related expenses amounted to approximately $340,000.[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 Tucson filed reports, read the federal disclosure forms by clicking the "Issues" links in the box below.

Federal Lobbying Issues, 2013
Reports Issues
7 Fed Budget & Appropriations
6 Natural Resources
4 Postal
4 Transportation
4 Homeland Security
2 Education
2 Environment & Superfund
2 Health Issues
1 Energy & Nuclear Power
1 Agriculture

City website evaluation

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Transparency grading process

The good

  • Budget
    • Budget is published.[13]
    • Budgets are archived to 2002.[14]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting schedule, minutes, and agendas are available.[15]
    • Minutes and agendas are archive to 2003.[16]
  • Elected officials
    • Elected officials are listed with contact information.[17]
  • Administration
    • Administrative officials are listed with contact information under respective department.[18]
  • Zoning and permits
    • Information on zoning and permits is available.[19][20]
  • Audits
    • Audits are posted.[21]
    • Audits are archived to 2001.
  • Contracts
    • Information on purchasing and contracts is provided.[22]
    • Current Bids are posted.[23]
    • Awarded bids are posted.[24]
  • Public records
    • Information on how to obtain public records is available.[25]
  • Taxes
    • Local tax information available online.[26]

The bad

  • Lobbying
    • A link to the Arizona League of Cities, a government sector lobbying association, is available.[27] No other lobbying information is available.

See also

External links

References

  1. U.S. Census Bureau, "State and County Quick Facts," accessed on October 21, 2014
  2. Mayor Rothschild, "History and Culture of Tucson," accessed on October 21, 2014
  3. City of Tucson, "City Manager," accessed on October 21, 2014
  4. Mayor Rothschild, "Home," accessed on October 21, 2014
  5. 5.0 5.1 City of Tucson, "City Government," accessed on October 21, 2014
  6. City of Tucson, "Boards and Commissions," accessed on October 21, 2014
  7. City of Tuscon, "About City of Tucson Elections," accessed September 19, 2014
  8. City of Tucson, "Adopted Operating Budget FY 2015
  9. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named census
  10. Open Secrets, "City of Tucson," accessed on November 11, 2014
  11. U.S. House of Representatives: Office of the Clerk, "Lobbying Disclosure Act Guidance," accessed on November 11, 2014
  12. Open Secrets, "Methodology," accessed on November 11, 2014
  13. City of Tucson, "Budget," accessed on October 21, 2014
  14. City of Tucson, "Budget archives," accessed on October 21, 2014
  15. City of Tucson, "Agendas & Minutes," accessed on October 21, 2014
  16. City of Tucson, "Meeting archives
  17. City of Tucson, "Mayor and Council," accessed on October 21, 2014
  18. City of Tucson, "Administration," accessed on October 21, 2014
  19. Planning and development
  20. City of Tucson, "Permits," accessed on October 21, 2014
  21. City of Tucson, "Internal Audits," accessed on October 21, 2014
  22. City of Tucson, "Purchasing & Contracts," accessed on October 21, 2014
  23. City of Tucson, "Current Bids," accessed on October 21, 2014
  24. City of Tucson, "Awarded Bids," accessed on October 21, 2014
  25. City of Tucson, "Public records," accessed on October 21, 2014
  26. City of Tucson, "Taxes," accessed on October 21, 2014
  27. City of Tucson, "Arizona League of Cities," accessed on October 21, 2014