Cleveland, Ohio

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Cleveland, Ohio
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General information
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Mayor:Frank G. Jackson
Mayor party:Nonpartisan
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
City website
Composition data
Population in 2013:390,113
Gender:52.0% Female
Race:White 37.3%
African American 53.3%
Asian 1.8%
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
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Ohio state executive offices
Cleveland is a city in Ohio and is the county seat of Cuyahoga County. As of 2013, its population was 390,113.[1]

City government

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.[2]

City council

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.[3]


Cleveland's city council has seventeen members. Each member is elected by one of the city's seventeen wards.[3] A list of current council members can be found here.

Council committees

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.[4]

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.[5]

Contact information

Cleveland City Hall
601 Lakeside Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio 44114
Phone: (216) 664 3990

To contact individual council members, see here.

Ballot measures

See also: Cuyahoga County, Ohio ballot measures

The city of Cleveland is in Cuyahoga County. A list of ballot measures in Cuyahoga County is available here.

Initiative process

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Ohio

Population as of the July 2011 census update: 393,806

Charter city

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)[6]


In 2013, Cleveland's federal lobbying related expenses amounted to approximately $230,000.[7] 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.[8][9] 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
Reports Issues
4 Fed Budget & Appropriations
4 Homeland Security
4 Taxes
4 Aviation, Airlines & Airports

Website evaluation

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Elected Officials Y
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Administrative Officials Y
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Public Records Y
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Local Taxes Y
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Transparency grading process

Last rated on Fed. 2, 2012

The good

  • Elected Council members information is published, including contact phone numbers and email addresses.[10]
  • Administrative officials are published, including contact information.[11]
  • Audits and Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports are available.[12]
  • Budget information is available.[13]
  • Permits and licensing information is available.[14]
  • Bids are published, separated into categories: >$1000, >$50,000 and $50k plus.[15]
  • Contracts and purchase receipts are published.
  • Public records are complete.[16]
  • Tax information is available.[17]

The bad

  • Lobbying information is unavailable
  • Last budget available is 2010.
  • Meeting information is not available.

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