Virginia Beach, Virginia

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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General information
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Mayor:Will Sessoms
Mayor party:Nonpartisan
Last mayoral election:2012
Next mayoral election:2016
Last city council election:2012
Next city council election:2014
City council seats:11
City website
Composition data
Population in 2013:448,479
Gender:50.9% Female
Race:White 68.9%
Hispanic or Latino 7.5%
African American 20.0%
Asian 6.6%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone 0.5%
Two or More 3.9%
Unemployment:4.5%
Median household income:$65,980
High school graduation rate:93.1%
College graduation rate:32.3%
Related Virginia Beach offices
Virginia Congressional Delegation
Virginia State Legislature
Virginia state executive offices
Virginia Beach is an independent city located in the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is considered a county-equivalent. As of 2013, its population was 448,479, while the Virginia Beach Metropolitan Statistical Area contains 1.67 million.[1][2] Virginia Beach and Princess Anne County combined governments in 1963.[3]

Office of the Mayor

Will Sessoms is the current Mayor of Virginia Beach.[4]

City Council

Council-Manager System

The City of Virginia Beach utilizes a Council-Manager system. An elected City Council, which serves as the city's legislative body, appoints an executive called a city manager to oversee the city's day-to-day operations.[4]

Membership

The City Council consists of eleven members including the Mayor. Three members and the Mayor are elected at large, while the other seven Council members are elected by the city's seven districts. They all serve four-year, staggered terms.[4]

A full list of City Council members can be found here

Elections

2014

See also: Virginia Beach, Virginia municipal elections, 2014

The city of Virginia Beach, Virginia will hold elections for city council on November 4, 2014. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 27, 2014, for party-affiliated candidates and was June 10, 2014, for non-party candidates. The filing deadline for seats where an incumbent has not filed to run for re-election is August 15, 2014. Six council seats are up for election.[5]

Ballot Measures

Initiative process

Population as of 2013: 448,479.[1] Virginia Beach is a charter city.

Virginia Beach's initiative process follows state law (see Laws governing local ballot measures in Virginia for details) for both charter amendment and ordinances.

Virginia Beach Charter and Municipal Code

Lobbying

Main article: Virginia government sector lobbying

The City of Virginia Beach spent $80,000 on lobbying in 2014. They filed for two issues relating to the Federal Budget and Appropriations and one issue each for the following: Energy and Nuclear Power; Homeland Security; Marine, Boats and Fisheries; and Taxes.[6]

Pensions

Most Virginia Beach is part of the Virginia Retirement System (VRS), a multi-employer, defined-benefit pension plan. The city's accrued liabilities for the plan are $1,382,172,898, and it is 91.78% funded, with $13,770,896 in unfunded liabilities. The annual pension cost in 2010 was $46,752,410 for the city and $4,784,471 for the school board.[7]

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Transparency grading process
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This website was reviewed Feb. 12, 2013.

The good

  • Elected Officials
    • Contact information for elected officials is posted.[8]
  • Meetings
    • Agendas and minutes for current sessions are posted.[9]
    • Agendas and minutes are archived.[10]
  • Administration
    • Administrative officials are listed with contact information.[11]
  • Taxes
    • Local tax rates are posted.[12]
  • Audits
    • Audits are posted.[13]
    • Audits are archived to 2006.
  • Contracts
    • Bid opportunities are posted,[14]
    • Awarded bids are posted.[15]
  • Budget
    • Budgets are posted.[16]
    • Budgets are archived to 2006.
  • Zoning and Permits
    • Zoning information is available,[17]
    • Building permits are posted.[18]
  • Public Records

The bad

See Also

External links

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