|Last mayoral election:||2011|
|Next mayoral election:||2015|
|Last city council election:||2013|
|Next city council election:||2015|
|City council seats:||14|
|2013-2014 FY Budget:||$2.8 billion|
|Population in 2013:||1.2 million|
White Not-Hispanic 28.8%
African American 25.0%
Native American 0.7%
Pacific Islander 0.1%
Two or More 2.6%
|Median household income:||$42,436|
|High school graduation rate:||73.8%|
|College graduation rate:||29.0%|
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- 1 City government
- 2 Elections
- 3 Budget
- 4 Contact information
- 5 Lobbying
- 6 Ballot measures
- 7 Controversies
- 8 Website evaluation
- 9 See also
- 10 External links
- 11 References
- See also: Council-manager government
The city of Dallas utilizes 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 to oversee day-to-day municipal operations and implement the council's policy and legislative initiatives.
Because of its large size, Dallas' use of the council-manager system is unique. Most cities in the United States with populations over one million use a "strong mayor" system, in which the mayor - instead of a city manager - serves as the city's chief executive. Dallas came close to switching to a strong mayor system in the municipal elections of 2005, when a proposal made its way onto the ballot that would have simultaneously removed the office of the city manager and dramatically increased mayoral power and authority. Sixty-two percent of Dallas voters, however, disapproved of the proposal. As a result, the city retained its council-manger system.
The city manager is the city's chief executive. This is not an elected position. The city manager is appointed and approved by the city council. The responsibilities of the city manager include overseeing the city's day-to-day operations, planning and implementing the city's operating budget and appointing departmental directors and other senior-level positions.
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. Mike Rawlings is the current Mayor of Dallas.
The Dallas 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 fifteen members including the mayor. While the mayor is elected at-large, the other fourteen members are elected by the city's fourteen districts.
A full list of city council members can be found here
The Dallas City Council features features nine standing committees, which focus on individual policy and legislative issues. Generally, the drafting of city legislation begins with the committees.
For a list of Dallas' committees and committee members, see here.
- See also: Dallas, Texas municipal elections, 2015
The city of Dallas, Texas will hold elections for mayor and city council on May 9, 2015. A runoff, if necessary, will take place on June 13, 2015. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election is February 27, 2015. All 14 city council seats are up for election.
The adopted budget for fiscal year 2014 totals $2.8 billion, and includes public safety, economic development, environmental management, park maintenance and educational enhancements.
The city's budget process operates by Fiscal Years running from October 1 to September 31 of the next year. The budget process begins with preliminary revenue projects that are divided into Key Focus Areas (KFAs) as determined by the city council. Budget teams then rank service bids in accordance with the KFAs until the funds of each are depleted. The City Manage presents these rankings as a preliminary budget to the City Council, who hold public hearings to address the proposal. The City Management and Office of Financial Services uses City Council and public feedback to amend the budget. The City Council adopts the budget in September. The city is required by state law to maintain a balanced budget.
Office of the City Manager
1500 Marilla Street
Dallas, TX 75201
Office of the Mayor
1500 Marilla Street
Dallas, TX 75201
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In 2013, Dallas's federal lobbying related expenses amounted to approximately $280,000. 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 Dallas filed reports, read the federal disclosure forms by clicking the "Issues" links in the box below. The city of Dallas maintains a searchable database of all registered lobbyists available on the City Hall website.
|Federal Lobbying Issues, 2013|
|8||Environment & Superfund|
- See also: Dallas County, Texas ballot measures
Population as of the July 2011 census update: 1,223,229. Dallas is a charter city. Signature requirement is 10% of the qualified voters of the city as appears from the latest available county voter registration list. A committee of at least five registered voters of the city must make application to the city secretary and file an intention to circulate a petition, giving the date and the proposed ordinance to be circulated. The petition must comply in form, content, and procedure with the provisions of Dallas Charter Chap. IV, Section 12. Petitions must be filed with the city secretary 60 days from initial application. After certification, the council has 20 days to pass the ordinance or promptly call a special election.
On September 30, 2014, the first diagnosis of Ebola in the United States happened at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. The individual diagnosed, Thomas Eric Duncan, who had recently traveled to Dallas from Liberia - where the disease had already killed over 2000 people since August - died on October 8, 2014. Following Duncan's death, a Texas Health Presbyterian nurse named Nina Pham was diagnosed with Ebola. Pham, however, survived and was declared "Ebola-free" on October 24, 2014.
As a precautionary measure, the city of Dallas placed over 100 healthcare workers and other individuals who had direct contact with Duncan and Pham under monitoring and self-quarantine. On October 20, 2014, the city announced that 51 individuals had completed the monitoring and quarantine process. The remaining healthcare workers under quarantine in Dallas were cleared on November 7, 2014.
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This website was most recently evaluated on January 15 2012.
- Includes the names and contact information for all city council members and administrative officials.
- City council meeting agendas,videos, and minutes are published.
- Local tax information is provided.
- There is a procedure for requesting public records.
- Audit reports are available.
- The current and past budgets are published.
- Building permits and zoning information provided.
- There is no information on lobbying.
- Information on how to obtain a contract is available, but a list of contracts is not publicly available.
- U.S. Census, "State and County Quick Facts," accessed on August 29, 2014
- Texas Monthly, "What's the Matter with Dallas?," July 2005
- City of Dallas, "City Manager," accessed on October 30, 2014
- City of Dallas, "Office of the Mayor," accessed on August 29, 2014
- City of Dallas, "Office of the Mayor," accessed June 6, 2014
- City of Dallas, "Government," accessed on August 29, 2014
- City of Dallas, "Dallas City Council Committees, 2013-14," accessed on August 29, 2014
- City of Dallas, "Upcoming Elections," accessed September 19, 2014
- City of Dallas, "Notice of Deadline to File," accessed January 6, 2015
- City of Dallas, "Expenditure and Property Tax Overview," accessed June 6, 2014
- Open Secrets, "City of Dallas, TX," accessed June 6, 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
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- Center for Disease Control, "2014 Ebola Outbreak in West Africa - Outbreak Distribution Map," accessed on October 29, 2014
- Vox, "The first patient diagnosed with Ebola in the US has died," October 8, 2014
- KERA News, "Ebola In Dallas: A Timeline," October 24, 2014
- Dallas News, "Update: State says 51 people have now completed monitoring for Ebola," October 20, 2014
- Dallas news, "Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings: ‘It’s important for us to continue to lift up our health care workers’," October 22, 2014
- Dallas News, "A relieved Dallas marks its final day of Ebola monitoring," November 7, 2014
- City of Dallas, "Government officials," accessed August 6, 2014
- City of Dallas, "Agendas," accessed August 6, 2014
- City of Dallas, "Paying Taxes," accessed August 6, 2014
- City of Dallas, "Open Records Request," accessed August 6, 2014
- City of Dallas, "Audits," accessed August 6, 2014
- City of Dallas, "Budget," accessed August 6, 2014
- City of Dallas, "Permit Forms," accessed August 6, 2014
- City of Dallas, "Zoning," accessed August 6, 2014
- City of Dallas, "Rules," accessed August 6, 2014 (dead link)
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