Warren, Michigan

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Warren is a city in Macomb County, Michigan. The 2010 census places the city's population at 134,056,[1] making Warren the largest city in Macomb County, the third largest city in Michigan, and Metro Detroit's largest suburb.

Website evaluation

This website was reviewed on April 20, 2012.

The good

  • The website has city budgets posted back to 2008.[2]
  • Building permit applications, zoning documents, instructions, ordinances, and fees are all available on the website.[3]
  • Agendas and minutes are posted through the beginning of 2011.[4]
  • Elected officials' names and contact details are available.[5]
  • Administrative officials' names are posted on some department webpages, along with telephone numbers.
  • Financial reports are posted back to 2006.[6]
  • Bids are posted online.[7]
  • The website has an online Freedom of Information Act request form.[8]
  • Taxes are payable online.[9]

The bad

  • No previous years' archives of city council meeting minutes are posted; instead, there is contact information on how to request these archives.[10]
  • Awarded contracts are not listed.
  • No contact for public records requests is listed.
  • Some departments have no list of administrative staff list posted, and contact information for some department heads does not include email addresses.
  • Tax rates are not posted.

Elected officials

See also: Michigan public pensions

The current mayor is James R. Fouts. He was first elected mayor in 2007. In the 2011 election, in which councilwoman Kathy Vogt is challenging Fouts for mayor, questions of whether Fouts has lied about his age bring a challenge to his eligibility to run.[11]

City council members are elected for four-year terms,[12] as is the city clerk.[13] The city treasurer is also an elected position.[14]


Fiscal 2012 Budget:[2]

Fund 2012 Budget
General Fund $90,099,090
General Government 21,971,064
Public Safety 56,669,24
Public Services 10,499,969
Capital Improvements 543,000
Planning 465,817
Special Revenue Funds $37,888,321
Enterprise Funds $2,622,559
Debt Service Funds $7,079,604
TOTAL $137,689,574

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