Anchorage, Alaska

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Anchorage, Alaska
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General information
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Mayor:Dan Sullivan
Mayor party:Nonpartisan
Last mayoral election:2013
Next mayoral election:2017
Last city council election:April 1, 2014
Next city council election:2016
City council seats:11
2014 FY Budget:$471 million
City website
Composition data
Population in 2013:300,950
Gender:48.6% Female
Race:White 66.6%
Hispanic or Latino 8.6%
African American 6.3%
Asian 8.9%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone 8.1%
Two or More 7.8%
Unemployment:5.6%
Median household income:$76,495
High school graduation rate:92.3%
College graduation rate:32.8%
Related Anchorage offices
Alaska Congressional Delegation
Alaska State Legislature
Alaska state executive offices
Anchorage is the largest city in Alaska. As of 2013, its population was 300,950.[1] Anchorage is a unified home rule municipality created in 1975 through the unification of the governments of the City of Anchorage and the Greater Anchorage Area Borough, making Anchorage one of the largest municipalities in the nation in terms of square mileage. As seen on the map below, it encompasses nearly 1,955 square miles from Eklutna in the north to Girdwood and Portage in the south.[2]
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City government

The city government of Anchorage combines a council-manager system with a "strong mayor" system. In this form of municipal government, the city council serves as the city's primary legislative body and the mayor serves as the city's chief executive. The mayor, however, appoints a city manger to oversee the city's day-to-day operations and execute city policies.[3]

Mayor

The mayor serves as the city's chief executive, and is responsible for proposing a budget, signing legislation into law, drafting legislation and appointing a city manager.[3] Dan Sullivan is the current mayor of Anchorage.[4]

City council

The Anchorage City Council - more commonly known as the Anchorage Assembly - is the city's primary legislative body. It is responsible for approving and adopting the city budget, levying taxes and making or amending city laws, policies and ordinances.[5]

Membership

The city council consists of eleven members. Each member is elected by sections from within the city's six districts, which are shown on the map below. Districts 2-5 elect two members each, while District - the metropolitan center of Anchorage - elects one member.[5] A full list of city 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 Anchorage 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 Anchorage city boards and commissions, see here.

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Elections

2014

See also: Anchorage, Alaska municipal elections, 2014.

The Municipality of Anchorage, Alaska held elections for municipal assembly on April 1, 2014. A total of six of the 11 seats were up for election.[7]

Incumbents Patrick Flynn, Bill Starr, Tim Steele and Elvi Gray-Jackson won re-election, while Pete Petersen and Bill Evans also won election to the Anchorage Municipal Assembly.

Budget

Anchorage's adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2014 was $471 million, approximately $4 million lower than the 2013 revised budget, which was $475.4 million.[8]

Contact information

Municipal Clerk's Office
632 W. 6th Ave. Suite 250
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: (907) 343-4311
Municipal Clerk: wwmasmc@muni.org

A contact form for the mayor is available here.

Contact information for individual council members can be found here.

Ballot measures

See also: Ballot measures in Anchorage, Alaska.

Anchorage is a consolidated city-borough (or city-county). A list of ballot measures in Anchorage is available here.

Initiative process

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Alaska.

Population as of the July, 2011 census update: 295,570.[1] Anchorage is a consolidated city-borough government with charter.

Anchorage grants initiative for ordinances and charter amendment. The signature requirement is 10% of the voters who cast ballots at the last regular mayoral election. Petitioners must first file an application for a petition on a form prescribed and provided by the municipal clerk. Anchorage Code, Sec. 2.50 contains the required content. After review of the application, the clerk issues blank petitions. Signatures on the petition must be secured within 90 days from the date when circulation began. The council shall submit the measure to the voters at the next regular election held at least 45 days after certification of the petition. Except for ordinances, an initiative petition is void if the assembly enacts substantially the same measure prior to the election. The assembly may not repeal or substantially alter an ordinance enacted by initiative within two years after certification of the election.

Restrictions: Initiative is not available for ordinances establishing budgets, fixing mill levies, authorizing the issuance of bonds, or appropriating funds. (Anchorage Charter, Sec. 3.02)

DocumentIcon.jpg Anchorage Charter, Sec. 3.02, Art. XVIII; Anchorage Code Chap. 250

Lobbying

See also: Alaska government sector lobbying

Anchorage spent $340,000 on federal lobbying in 2013. The issues for which the city filed, as well as the numbers of reports, can be seen on chart below.[9]

Federal Lobbying Issues, 2013
Reports Issue
8 Defense
8 Transportation
7 Fed Budget & Appropriations
4 Urban Development
4 Government Issues
4 Natural Resources
4 Marine, Boats & Fisheries

Website evaluation

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Transparency grading process

The good

  • Elected officials
    • Names of elected officials, individual email address, individual phone numbers, and a physical address is available.[10]
  • Meetings
    • The calendar of meetings, meeting agendas and minutes are available.[11]
    • Meeting information is archived to 2008
  • Administration
    • Names of administrative officials, individual email address, individual phone numbers, and a physical address is available.[12]
  • Budget
    • The current budget is published.[13]
    • Budgets are archived to 2002.
  • Audits
    • The current audit is published.[14]
    • Audits are archived to 1995.
  • Taxes
    • Tax revenues are available and tax rates are published.[15]
  • Contracts
    • Bids are posted, including approved contracts over $10,000.[16]
  • Permits and zoning
    • Permit applications are available for download.[17]
    • Zoning ordinances are available.[18]
  • Lobbying
    • A list of employed lobbyists is available and memberships to lobbying organizations and associated fees are available.[19]
  • Public records
    • A public records contact is available and public records policies are available in a central location.[20]

The bad

  • Membership dues for government sector lobbying associations are not disclosed.

See also

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 U.S. Census, "State and County Quick Facts," accessed on September 9, 2014
  2. Municipality of Anchorage, "About Anchorage," accessed on September 9, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 City Charter of Anchorage, AL, Secs. 5.01-03, accessed on August 26, 2014
  4. Municipality of Anchorage, "Office of the Mayor," accessed on September 9, 2014
  5. 5.0 5.1 Municipality of Anchorage, "Assembly," accessed on August 26, 2014
  6. Municipality of Anchorage, "Boards and Commissions," accessed on August 18, 2014
  7. City of Anchorage, "2014 Candidates," accessed February 14, 2014
  8. Anchorage, AL 2014 Budget in Brief, accessed on September 9, 2014
  9. Open Secrets, "City of Anchorage,AK," accessed on September 8, 2014
  10. Municipality of Anchorage, "Assembly Member Profiles," accessed March 5, 2013
  11. Municipality of Anchorage, "Meetings, agendas, and minutes," accessed March 5, 2013
  12. Municipality of Anchorage, "Municipal Departments, Divisions, and Offices," accessed March 5, 2013
  13. Municipality of Anchorage, "Current and archived budgets," accessed March 5, 2013
  14. Municipality of Anchorage, "Current and archived audits," accessed March 5, 2013
  15. Municipality of Anchorage, "Treasury, Property Taxes," accessed March 5, 2013
  16. Muni.org, "Purchasing Department, Current Bidding Opportunities," accessed March 5, 2013
  17. Municipality of Anchorage, "Land Use and Licensing Self Help," accessed March 5, 2013
  18. Municipality of Anchorage, "Zoning," accessed March 5, 2013
  19. Municipality of Anchorage, "Lobbying information," accessed March 5, 2013
  20. Municipality of Anchorage, "Municipal Clerk," accessed March 5, 2013