Arlington, Texas

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Arlington, Texas
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General information
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Mayor:Robert Cluck
Mayor party:Nonpartisan
Last mayoral election:2013
Next mayoral election:2015
Last city council election:May 10, 2014
Next city council election:2016
City council seats:8
2014 FY Budget:$490 million
City website
Composition data
Population in 2013:379,577
Gender:50.9% Female
Race:White 59.0%
Hispanic or Latino 27.4%
African American 18.8%
Asian 6.8%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone 0.7%
Two or More 3.3%
Unemployment:5.0%
Median household income:$53,341
High school graduation rate:84.2%
College graduation rate:28.7%
Related Arlington offices
Texas Congressional Delegation
Texas State Legislature
Texas state executive offices
Arlington, Texas is a city in Tarrant County, Texas. As of 2013, its population was 379,577.[1]

City government

Since 1949, the city of Arlington has utilized 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.[2]

City manager

The city manager is Arlington's chief executive. Appointed by city council, city manager's responsibilities include overseeing the city's day-to-day operations, planning and implementing the city's operating budget, carrying out council policies and hiring most city government employees.[3]

Mayor

The mayor presides over city council meetings and official city ceremonies. Robert Cluck is the current mayor of Arlington.[4]

City Council

The Arlington City Council 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.[2]

Council membership

The city council consists of eight members including the mayor. While the mayor is elected at-large, the other seven members are elected by the city's seven districts.[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 Arlington 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 Arlington's city boards, commissions and committees, see here.

Elections

2014

See also: Arlington, Texas municipal elections, 2014

The city of Arlington, Texas held elections for city council on May 10, 2014. Four of the eight city council seats were up for election.[7]

Budget

Arlington's adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2014 was $490 million.[8]

Contact Information

To contact the mayor, see here.

To contact individual members of city council, see here.

Ballot Measures

See also: Tarrant County, Texas ballot measures

Arlington is located in Tarrant County. A list of ballot measures in Tarrant County is available here.

Initiative process

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Texas

Population as of the July, 2011 census update: 373,698. Neither the Arlington charter nor city code contains provisions for initiative of ordinances. Charter amendments may be proposed by petition under state law.

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Lobbying

In 2013, Arlington spent a total of $80,000 on federal lobbying. The city filed four reports for Urban Development and two reports each for the following issues: Disaster and Emergency Planning and Transportation.[9]

Website evaluation

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Transparency grading process

Last rated on November 25, 2012

The good

  • Budget
    • The most current budget is listed.
    • Budgets are archived for 9 years.[10]
  • Administrative Officials
    • Contact information for administrative officials is provided including a mailing address, phone number, and contact form.[11]
  • Elected Officials
    • Elected officials are listed with a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.[12]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting minutes are archived for 5 years.
    • Meeting agendas are archived for 5 years.[13]
    • A meeting calendar is available and names the times and locations of public meetings.[14]
    • Meeting video or podcasts are available.
  • Audits
    • The most recent audit is posted.
    • Audits dating back to 1998 are available.[15]
  • Contracts
    • Bids and RFPs are posted online.[16]
    • Approved contract statements are provided for vendors.[17]Cite error: Closing </ref> missing for <ref> tag
  • Taxes
    • Tax revenues are broken down by federal, state, and local funding in the budget.
    • Local taxes, like property taxes, are available online.[18]
  • Lobbying
    • The city discloses it hires lobbyists and the total amount spent on lobbying.[19][20]
  • Permits and zoning
    • Zoning ordinances are posted online.
    • Permit applications can be downloaded on the site, along with information on how to apply for the permits.[21]

The bad

  • Administrative Officials
    • Department heads are not listed for every department.
    • The mayor and other administrative officials have contact forms instead of personalized email addresses provided.
  • Public Records
    • The public information officer is not identified. Sunshine Review requires a mailing address, phone number and personalized email be listed with this position.

See Also

External links

References

  1. U.S. Census, "State and County Quick Facts," accessed on September 5, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 City of Arlington, "Government," accessed on September 5, 2014
  3. City of Arlington, "City Manager," accessed on September 5, 2014
  4. City of Arlington, "Mayor," accessed on September 5, 2014
  5. City of Arlington, "City Council," accessed on August 18, 2014
  6. City of Arlington, "Boards, Commissions & Committees," accessed on August 25, 2014
  7. United States Conference of Mayors, "2014 Upcoming/Pending Mayoral Elections," accessed August 4, 2014
  8. City of Arlington 2014 Adopted Budget, accessed on September 5, 2014
  9. Open Secrets, "City of Arlington, TX," accessed on September 5, 2014
  10. Arlington Texas, "Budgets," accessed on November 25, 2012
  11. Arlington, Texas, "Contact City Officials," accessed on November 25, 2012
  12. Arlington, Texas, "City Council," accessed on November 25, 2012
  13. Arlington, Texas, "Agendas and Meeting Minutes," accessed on November 25, 2012
  14. Arlington, Texas, "Meeting Schedule," accessed on November 25, 2012
  15. Arlington, Texas, "Audits," accessed on November 25, 2012
  16. Arlington, Texas, "Purchasing," accessed on November 25, 2012
  17. Arlington, Texas, "Current Contracts," accessed on November 25, 2012
  18. Arlington, Texas, "Treasury," accessed on November 25, 2012
  19. Arlington, Texas, "Federal Lobbyist Report Card," accessed on November 25, 2012
  20. Arlington, Texas, "State Lobbying Report Card," accessed on November 25, 2012
  21. Arlington, Texas, Building," accessed on November 25, 2012