Wichita, Kansas

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Wichita, Kansas
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General information
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Mayor:Carl Brewer
Mayor party:Nonpartisan
Last mayoral election:2011
Next mayoral election:March 3, 2015
Last city council election:2013
Next city council election:March 3, 2015
City council seats:7
2015-16 FY Budget:$577 million
City website
Composition data
Population in 2013:386,552
Gender:50.7% Female
Race:White 64.5%
African American 11.5%
Hispanic or Latino 15.3%
Asian 4.8%
Two or More Races 4.3%
Unemployment:6.8%
Median household income:$46,218
High school graduation rate:87.1%
College graduation rate:28.3%
Related Wichita offices
Kansas Congressional Delegation
Kansas State Legislature
Kansas state executive offices
Wichita is a city in Sedgwick County, Kansas. As of 2013, its population was 386,552.[1]

City government

See also: Council-manager government

The city of Wichita 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. Carl Brewer is the current Mayor of Wichita.[4]

City council

The Wichita 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 Wichita City Council is made up of seven members. Six are elected by the city's six districts, 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 Wichita 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 Wichita city boards and commissions, see here.

Elections

2015

See also: Wichita, Kansas municipal elections, 2015

The city of Wichita, Kansas will hold elections for mayor and city council on April 7, 2015. A primary will take place on March 3, 2015. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election is January 27, 2015. Three of the six city council seats are up for election.[7]

Budget

Wichita's adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2015-2016 was $577 million.[8]

Contact information

City Council
455 N Main, 1st Floor
Wichita, KS 67202​
Phone: (316) 268-4331

To contact individual council members, see here.

Ballot measures

See also: Sedgwick County, Kansas ballot measures

The city of Wichita is in Sedgwick County. A list of ballot measures in Sedgwick County is available here.

Initiative process

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Kansas

Witchita is a charter city and follows the state mandated initiative process of ordinances.

Lobbying

As of October 2014, information on Wichita's federal lobbying related expenses is unavailable.

City website evaluation

See also: Evaluation of Kansas city websites

To compare Wichita with other Kansas cities, see Evaluation of Kansas city websites. Last rated on March 19, 2013.

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The good

  • Elected Officials
    • Contact and biographical information for elected officials is posted.[9]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting minutes and agendas are posted.[10]
    • Agenda packets are provided to the public.[11]
    • Minutes and agendas are archived to 2008.
  • Administration
    • Contact information for city staff is posted.[12]
  • Budget
    • Budgets are posted.[13]
    • Budget documents are archived for three years.
  • Audit
    • Audits are posted.[14]
    • Audits for the past five years are available.
  • Taxes
    • Tax rates, including property taxes, sales taxes and other fees are posted in the budget.[15]
  • Contracts
  • Permits and Zoning
    • Zoning ordinance is posted.[18]
    • Comprehensive plans are available.[19]
    • Permits are posted.[20]
  • Public Records
  • Lobbying
    • The city communications department, a division of the city manager's office, is responsible for intergovernmental lobbying.[22]
  • Lobbying
    • Under the "Community Relations" tab, county lobbying activities and any membership in government lobbying associations are disclosed.[23]
    • Total cost of lobbying activities or membership dues for associations are available.

See also

External links

References

  1. U.S. Census Bureau, "State and County Quick Facts," accessed on October 23, 2014
  2. City of Wichita, "Government," accessed on October 23, 2014
  3. City of Wichita, "City Manager," accessed on October 23, 2014
  4. City of Wichita, "Office of the Mayor," accessed on October 23, 2014
  5. 5.0 5.1 City of Wichita, "City Council," accessed on October 23, 2014
  6. City of Wichita, "Boards," accessed on October 23, 2014
  7. Email correspondence with Sandra L. Gritz, Chief Deputy Election Commissioner of Sedgwick County, Kansas on September 12, 2014.
  8. City of Wichita, "2015-16 Adopted Operating Budget," accessed on October 23, 2014
  9. City of Wichita, "Elected Officials," accessed on March 19, 2013
  10. City of Wichita, "Meetings," accessed on March 19, 2013
  11. City of Wichita, "Agenda Packets," accessed on March 19, 2013
  12. City of Wichita, "Staff Directory," accessed on March 19, 2013
  13. City of Wichita, "Budget," accessed on March 19, 2013
  14. City of Wichita, "Financial Reports," accessed on March 19, 2013
  15. City of Wichita, "2012-13 Budget," accessed on March 19, 2013
  16. City of Wichita, "Bids," accessed on March 19, 2013
  17. City of Wichita, "Awarded Bids," accessed on March 19, 2013
  18. City of Wichita, "Zoning," accessed on March 19, 2013
  19. City of Wichita, "Zoning Plans," accessed on March 19, 2013
  20. City of Wichita, "Application Forms," accessed on March 19, 2013
  21. City of Wichita, "Public Records Requests," accessed on March 19, 2013
  22. City of Wichita, "Communications," accessed on March 19, 2013
  23. City of Wichita, "Lobbying," accessed on March 19, 2013