Gary, Indiana

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Gary is located in Lake County, Indiana. Its population is 80,294.[1]

Budget P
Meetings N
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Elected Officials
Administrative Officials
Permits, zoning
Lobbying N
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Public Records N
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Local Taxes N
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Transparency grading process

Website evaluation

See also: Evaluation of Indiana city websites

This website was reviewed on November 8, 2011.

The good

  • Budgets are posted back to 2004.[2]
  • Financial reports are posted back to 2002.[3]
  • Council members are posted with contact information.[4]
  • Building permit information is posted.[5]
  • A phone number is provided for zoning inquiries.[6]
  • Requests for proposals are posted.[7]
  • Administrative officials and contact information are posted.[8]

The bad

  • There is no search function on the site.
  • No information on tax rates is posted.
  • No information on public records requests is posted.
  • No information on government sector lobbying is posted.
  • Meeting minutes and agendas are not posted.
  • Budgets do not include revenue estimates.

Public employees


Gary votes for a new mayor on November 8, 2011, as previous mayor Rudy Clay (D) is retiring.[9]

City clerk

Gary's city clerk is Democrat Suzette Raggs.[10]

Common council

2011 Councilmembers[4]
Name District Position
Ronier Scott 6th President
Marilyn D. Krusas 1st
Shirley Stanford 2nd
Mary Brown 3rd
Carolyn D. Rogers 4th Vice President
Kimberly Robinson 5th
Kyle W. Allen, Sr. At-Large
Ragen H. Hatcher, Esq. At-Large
Roy Pratt At-Large


2011 Operating Budget[11]
Department Proposed Budget
Mayor's Office $515,220
Common Council $837,403
City Court $1,379,785
City Clerk $1,114,526
Law $1,287,150
Public Works $1,564,870
Facility Maintenance $596,400
Human Relations $0
Status of Women $0
Health Department $539,735
Environmental Affairs $113,033
General Services (closed) $0
Police Civil Svc Comm. $108,739
Police Department $13,156,438
Police Dept Support Svcs $1,695,278
Fire Dept Comm. $102,963
Fire Department $11,335,423
Ambulance Services $1,187,104
Emergency Mgmt $14,724
Youth Svcs Bureau $0
Vehicle Maintenance $964,601
Finance, MIS, HR $1,532,025
Medical Insurance $7,370,000
Consolidated Operations $5,153,500
Total General Fund $50,568,917

Emergency personnel


For 2011, the city budgeted $5,247,809 to pay for fire pensions and $5,474,000 for police pensions.[11]

Indiana Transparency Portal

The Indiana State Auditor has launched an Indiana Transparency Portal (ITP), containing budget and financial information for local governments. The interactive report-builder page offers a range of information. Users can find financial data for a county, municipality or other unit of government.[12]


The ITP only contains 2012 budget information. Because the Gary city website does not have the 2012 budget posted yet, it is not possible to check whether the budget data agree.

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