|Transparency grading process|
- Main article: Evaluation of Washington city websites
Last rated on Jan. 31, 2012
- Excellent Performance Site, complete with targeted outcomes, progress indicators. All community surveys for past 8 years available. Kept up to date.
- Budget page has current and past budgets, other financial reports. CAFR is on line.
- Audit reeports are on the web site and easy to find.
- Public meetings, both planned and past are accessible. All are recorded and streamed.
- Ways to access all services and elected officials are available
- Public disclosure & public records access are available.
- Interlocal agreements with other agencies are disclosed. Labor contracts are also disclosed online.
- Building permits can be applied for online.
- The contact information for city hall and e-mails for city administrators are disclosed.
- Posts information about property taxes, but not other local taxes.
- Bids are posted.
- Web site is not as user friendly as it could be.
- The different departnments and services are available, but vary widely in their look and feel as well as ease of navigation.
- Contracts and City checkbook are not on web site.
- No reference to lobbying efforts.
- Building permits are fast (see performance measurement information) but online process is not entirely clear.
- While discussed in meeting minutes, no designated area that discloses lobbying activity.
The City Council is made up of seven members elected to four year terms with one being elected at-large to serve as mayor.
The Mayor and City Council are paid a monthly salary that is set through the 2013-2014 biennium.
- Sales Tax Increase
- In June of 2012, the City Council voted 6-1 in support of an increase in sales taxes to help pay for light rail in Clark County. The issue will likely be on the November ballot.
The Vancouver City Manager is Eric Holmes and the Assistant City Manager is Dave Mercier. The City Manager oversees daily operations of the city and works with the City Council to develop the budget and manage city departments. Holmes received a 3.5% pay increase in 2012 increasing his salary to $167,152 from $161,500.
Vancouver's former Fire Chief, Don Bivins, retired in 2011 after 35 years of service and is now earning $94,000 a year in pension benefits. The pension is equivalent to 70 percent of his final pay. Bivins was 54 when he retired and will earn roughly $1 million in pension benefits before he starts collecting social security benefits at 65.
|Parks and Recreation||$18,794,836||4%|
|Legislative and General Management||$30,340,869||7%|
|Charges for Goods and Services||11%|
According to Open Secrets, Vancouver spent $20,000 on lobbying in 2012.
|Year||Amount Spent on Lobbying|
The labor contracts between the City of Vancouver and fire and police employees can be found here.
- Office of Financial Management, April 1 official population estimates
- Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports
- City Council
- Public Records
- Interlocal agreements
- Labor contracts
- Building permits
- Property taxes
- Terms and Qualifications of City Council
- 2013-2014 Final Report
- The Columbian, Vancouver council endorses sales tax hike for light rail, June 11, 2012
- City Manager
- The Columbian, City managers’ pay rises across county, December 26, 2011
- The Columbian, Public employee pensions draw new scrutiny, January 10, 2011
- 2011-2012 Budget
- Budget in Brief
- Open Secrets, City of Vancouver, WA
- Police Career