|Last mayoral election:||2013|
|Next mayoral election:||2015|
|Last city council election:||May 10, 2014|
|Next city council election:||2015|
|City council seats:||9|
|2014 FY Budget:||$490 million|
|Population in 2013:||379,577|
Hispanic or Latino 27.4%
African American 18.8%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone 0.7%
Two or More 3.3%
|Median household income:||$53,341|
|High school graduation rate:||84.2%|
|College graduation rate:||28.7%|
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- 1 City government
- 2 Elections
- 3 Budget
- 4 Contact information
- 5 Ballot measures
- 6 Lobbying
- 7 Website evaluation
- 8 See also
- 9 External links
- 10 References
- See also: Council-manager 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.
The city manager is Arlington's chief executive. Appointed by city council, the 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.
The mayor is a member of city council. He or she presides over council meetings and official city ceremonies. The mayor also represents the city on the state, national and international levels. Robert Cluck is the current mayor of Arlington.
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.
The city council consists of nine members including the mayor. While the mayor is elected at-large, the other eight members are elected by the city's eight districts.
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.
For a full list of Arlington's city boards, commissions and committees, see here.
The city of Arlington, Texas will hold elections for mayor and city council in 2015. Information on election dates will be posted once they are made available. Five of the eight city council seats are up for election.
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.
Arlington's adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2014 was $490 million.
To contact the mayor, see here.
To contact individual members of city council, see here.
- See also: Tarrant County, Texas ballot measures
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.
In 2013, Arlington's federal lobbying related expenses amounted to approximately $80,000. The issues for which the city filed in 2013, as well as the number of reports, can be seen in the box below. The issues column lists the generic issues that lobbyists working for local governments are required by law to disclose on quarterly federal disclosure forms. The reports column gives the number of reports lobbyists filed in regards to each generic issue. To learn more about the details of the specific issues for which Arlington filed reports, read the federal disclosure forms by clicking the "Issues" links in the box below.
|Federal Lobbying Issues, 2013|
|4||Disaster & Emergency Planning|
|Transparency grading process|
Last rated on November 25, 2012
- The most current budget is listed.
- Budgets are archived for 9 years.
- Administrative Officials
- Contact information for administrative officials is provided including a mailing address, phone number, and contact form.
- Elected Officials
- Elected officials are listed with a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.
- The most recent audit is posted.
- Audits dating back to 1998 are available.
- Bids and RFPs are posted online.
- Approved contract statements are provided for vendors.Cite error: Closing
- Tax revenues are broken down by federal, state, and local funding in the budget.
- Local taxes, like property taxes, are available online.
- 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.
- 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.
- U.S. Census, "State and County Quick Facts," accessed on September 5, 2014
- City of Arlington, "Government," accessed on September 5, 2014
- City of Arlington, "City Manager," accessed on September 5, 2014
- City of Arlington, "Mayor," accessed on September 5, 2014
- City of Arlington, "City Council," accessed on August 18, 2014
- City of Arlington, "Boards, Commissions & Committees," accessed on August 25, 2014
- United States Conference of Mayors, "2014 Upcoming/Pending Mayoral Elections," accessed August 4, 2014
- City of Arlington 2014 Adopted Budget, accessed on September 5, 2014
- Open Secrets, "City of Arlington, TX," accessed on September 5, 2014
- U.S. House of Representatives: Office of the Clerk, "Lobbying Disclosure Act Guidance," accessed on November 11, 2014
- Open Secrets, "Methodology," accessed on November 11, 2014
- Arlington Texas, "Budgets," accessed on November 25, 2012
- Arlington, Texas, "Contact City Officials," accessed on November 25, 2012
- Arlington, Texas, "City Council," accessed on November 25, 2012
- Arlington, Texas, "Agendas and Meeting Minutes," accessed on November 25, 2012
- Arlington, Texas, "Meeting Schedule," accessed on November 25, 2012
- Arlington, Texas, "Current Contracts," accessed on November 25, 2012
- Arlington, Texas, "Treasury," accessed on November 25, 2012
- Arlington, Texas, "Federal Lobbyist Report Card," accessed on November 25, 2012
- Arlington, Texas, "State Lobbying Report Card," accessed on November 25, 2012
- Arlington, Texas, Building," accessed on November 25, 2012