|Last mayoral election:||2013|
|Next mayoral election:||2017|
|Last city council election:||2013|
|Next city council election:||2017|
|City council seats:||9|
|2012-13 FY Budget:||$2.6 billion|
|Population in 2013:||688,701|
White Not-Hispanic 6.8%
African American 82.7%
Native American 0.4%
Two or More 2.2%
|Median household income:||$26,955|
|High school graduation rate:||77.2%|
|College graduation rate:||12.3%|
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The city of Detroit 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 committee members and overseeing the city's day-to-day operations. The mayor also possesses veto powers, though the Detroit city charter establishes procedures whereby city council may override mayoral vetoes under certain circumstances. Mike Duggan is the current Mayor of Detroit.
The Detroit 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 Detroit City Council is made up of nine members. Seven are elected by the city's seven districts, while two are elected at large. All members serve four-year terms. There are no term limits.
Election by district has not always been the case in Detroit. Rather, it is the result of a new city charter that Detroit voters approved in November 2011 and took effect in 2013. Before 2013, all city council members were elected at-large. Detroit's seven districts can be seen on the map below.
A full list of city council members can be found here.
The Detroit City Council features features eight standing committees, which focus on individual policy and legislative issues. Generally, the drafting of city legislation begins with the committees.
For a list of Detroit's committees and committee members, see here.
Detroit's adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2012-13 was $2.6 billion.
Office of the City Clerk
Coleman A. Young Municipal Center
2 Woodward Ave. - Suite 200
Detroit, MI 48226
Phone: (313) 224-3260
Office of the Mayor
2 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48226
Phone: (313) 224-3400
See here to contact individual council members.
- See also: Wayne County, Michigan ballot measures
Charter city Population as of the July, 2011 census update: 706,585
The signature requirement is 3% of all votes cast for the office of Mayor at the preceding regular city general election. Petition content requirements can be found in the Detroit Charter, Sec. 12-102. Petitions must be filed with the city clerk not less than 140 days before the election at which it is to be voted on. Any signature obtained more than 6 months before the filing of the petition with the city clerk shall not be counted. After certification, the council has 60 days to adopt the measure or they shall submit it at the next election in the city, or, at the discretion of the city council, at a special election, subject to applicable provisions of the Michigan Election Law, MCL 168.1, et seq.
Restrictions: Initiative does not extend to the budget or any ordinance for the appropriation of money.
In 2013, the city of Detroit spent a total of $60,000 on lobbying related expenses. It filed two reports on two issues related to Urban Development and one report each for the following issues: Homeland Security, Transportation and Law Enforcement and Crime.
|Transparency grading process|
- See also: Evaluation of Michigan city websites
- Budget documents are posted.
- City Council meeting agendas are posted.
- City Council members have complete contact information.
- Telephone contact details are posted on some department webpages for some officials.
- Audits are online.
- Permit forms, building codes, and zoning details are posted.
- Public records request forms are available for some individual departments.
- Items currently out to bid are available.
- Income tax details are posted. Property taxes may be paid online. Tax rates are included within budget documents.
- City Council meeting minutes are not posted online.
- Information about the dates, times, and locations of City Council meetings is not clearly posted.
- No contact information for public records requests is provided.
- There is no information on current vendor contracts.
- No information on city funded lobbying efforts is available on the Web site.
- Official City of Detroit website
- Office of the Mayor
- City Council
- Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce
- Detroit Public Schools
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