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|Mayor:||Frank G. Jackson|
|Last mayoral election:||2013|
|Next mayoral election:||2017|
|Last city council election:||2013|
|Next city council election:||2017|
|City council seats:||17|
|2014 FY Budget:||$1.47 billion|
|Population in 2013:||390,113|
African American 53.3%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone 0.3%
Two or More 2.8%
|Median household income:||$26,556|
|High school graduation rate:||76.7%|
|College graduation rate:||14.0%|
|Related Cleveland offices|
|Ohio Congressional Delegation • Ohio State Legislature|
Ohio state executive offices
- See also: Mayor-council government
The city of Cleveland utilizes a "strong mayor" and city council 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 serves as the city's chief executive, and is responsible for proposing a budget, signing legislation into law, appointing departmental directors and overseeing the city's day-to-day operations. represents the city on the state, national and international levels. Frank G. Jackson is the current Mayor of Cleveland.
The Cleveland 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.
The Cleveland City Council features eleven standing committees, which focus on individual policy and legislative issues. Generally, the drafting of city legislation begins with the committees.
For a list of Cleveland's committees, committee members and agendas, see here.
Cleveland's adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2014 was $1.47 billion.
Cleveland City Hall
601 Lakeside Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio 44114
Phone: (216) 664 3990
To contact individual council members, see here.
- See also: Cuyahoga County, Ohio ballot measures
Population as of the July 2011 census update: 393,806
Follows the state mandated initiative process for charter amendment, but has its own process for ordinances. There were no subject restrictions found. Signatures are required from 5,000 qualified electors of the city. (Cleveland Charter, Sec. 49) There were no circulator requirements found in the charter or code. The required content can be found in the Cleveland Charter, Sec. 49, 50. The names of 5 electors must be included as official filers. There is no pre-approval process in the charter or code. The process for approval is indirect and the council committee has 60 days to file a recommendation report. The council then has 30 days to pass the measure. If it fails to pass, the petitioners have 10 days to request election by filing a certificate with the clerk of the council. He shall submit the measure at a regular election not less than 60 days or more than 6 months afterwards, otherwise he shall call a special election not less than 60 days after. Petitioners may force a special election by submitting an additional 5,000 signatures. (Cleveland Charter, Sec. 54-57)
In 2013, Cleveland's federal lobbying related expenses amounted to approximately $230,000. 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 Cleveland filed reports, read the federal disclosure forms by clicking the "Issues" links in the box below.
|Federal Lobbying Issues, 2013|
|4||Fed Budget & Appropriations|
|4||Aviation, Airlines & Airports|
|Transparency grading process|
Last rated on Fed. 2, 2012
- Elected Council members information is published, including contact phone numbers and email addresses.
- Administrative officials are published, including contact information.
- Audits and Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports are available.
- Budget information is available.
- Permits and licensing information is available.
- Bids are published, separated into categories: >$1000, >$50,000 and $50k plus.
- Contracts and purchase receipts are published.
- Public records are complete.
- Tax information is available.
- Lobbying information is unavailable
- Last budget available is 2010.
- Meeting information is not available.
- City of Cleveland
- Office of the Mayor
- City Council
- Cleveland School Districts
- Cleveland Chamber of Commerce
- U.S. Census, "State and County Quick Facts," accessed on September 16, 2014
- City of Cleveland, "Office of the Mayor," accessed on September 15, 2014
- Cleveland City Council, "Overview," accessed on September 15, 2014
- City of Cleveland, "Cleveland City Council Committees," accessed on August 29, 2014
- City of Cleveland, "2014 Annual Budget," accessed on September 15, 2014
- Cleveland City Charter, Sec. 7.49-62
- Open Secrets, "City Cleveland, OH," accessed on September 16, 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
- City of Cleveland, "Council Members," accessed on September 16, 2014
- City of Cleveland, "Administrative officials," accessed on September 16, 2014
- City of Cleveland, "CAFR report 2010," accessed on September 16, 2014
- City of Cleveland, "Budget," accessed on September 16, 2014
- City of Cleveland, "Permits and Inspections," accessed on September 16, 2014
- City of Cleveland, "Bids," accessed on September 16, 2014
- City of Cleveland, "Public records," accessed on September 16, 2014
- City of Cleveland, "Taxes," accessed on September 16, 2014
State of Ohio
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