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Detroit, Michigan
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General information
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Mayor:Mike Duggan
Mayor party:Nonpartisan
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
City website
Composition data
Population in 2013:688,701
Gender:52.7% Female
Race:White 10.6%
White Not-Hispanic 6.8%
African American 82.7%
Asian 1.1%
Native American 0.4%
Two or More 2.2%
Unemployment:14.5%
Median household income:$26,955
High school graduation rate:77.2%
College graduation rate:12.3%
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Detroit is a city in Wayne County, Michigan. It is the largest city in the state of Michigan, although between 2000 and 2010, the city's population declined by 25%.[1] As of 2013, its population was 688,701.[2]

City government

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.[3]

Mayor

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.[4]

City council

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.[5]

Membership

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.[6]

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.[7]

A full list of city council members can be found here.

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Council committees

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.[8]

For a list of Detroit's committees and committee members, see here.

Budget

Detroit's adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2012-13 was $2.6 billion.[9]

Contact information

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.
Suite 1126
Detroit, MI 48226
Phone: (313) 224-3400

See here to contact individual council members.

Ballot measures

See also: Wayne County, Michigan ballot measures

The city of Austin is in Wayne County. A list of ballot measures in Wayne County is available here.

Initiative process

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Michigan

Charter city Population as of the July 2011 census update: 706,585[10]

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.

DocumentIcon.jpg Detroit Charter, Art. 12

Lobbying

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.[11]

Website evaluation

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Permits, zoning Y
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Transparency grading process
See also: Evaluation of Michigan city websites

The good

  • Budget documents are posted.[12]
  • City Council meeting agendas are posted.[13]
  • City Council members have complete contact information.[14]
  • Telephone contact details are posted on some department webpages for some officials.[15]
  • Audits are online.[16]
  • Permit forms, building codes, and zoning details are posted.[17]
  • Public records request forms are available for some individual departments.[18]
  • Items currently out to bid are available[19].
  • Income tax details are posted.[20] Property taxes may be paid online.[21] Tax rates are included within budget documents.[22]

The bad

  • 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.

See also

External links

References

  1. USA Today, "Motor City population declines 25%," accessed October 19, 2011
  2. U.S. Census, "State and County Quick Facts," accessed on September 2, 2014
  3. Detroit City Charter, Sec. 5.101-107 and 4.101-122, accessed on August 27, 2014
  4. City of Detroit, "Mayor's Office," accessed on August 27, 2014
  5. Detroit City Charter, Sec. 4.101-122, accessed on August 27, 2014
  6. City of Detroit, "About City Council," accessed on August 27, 2014
  7. Michigan Radio, "Detroit voters approve new city charter," November 8, 2011
  8. City of Detroit, "Detroit City Council Committees, 2013-14," accessed on August 29, 2014
  9. City of Detroit, Michigan. Budget in Brief, 2012-13, accessed on September 9, 2014
  10. US Census, Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places in Michigan: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2011
  11. Open Secrets, "City of Detroit," accessed on September 2, 2014
  12. City of Detroit, "Budget Department," accessed on September 2, 2014
  13. City of Detroit, "Council Calendar Events," accessed on September 2, 2014
  14. City of Detroit, "City council," accessed on September 2, 2014
  15. City of Detroit, "Departments," accessed on September 2, 2014
  16. City of Detroit, "Office of the Auditor General
  17. City of Detroit, "Buildings Division," accessed on September 2, 2014
  18. City of Detroit, "Public Records," accessed on September 2, 2014
  19. City of Detroit, "Bids," accessed on September 2, 2014
  20. City of Detroit, "Income Tax Division," accessed on September 2, 2014
  21. City of Detroit, "Property Tax," accessed on September 2, 2014
  22. City of Detroit, "Budget," accessed on September 2, 2014