|Last mayoral election:||2013|
|Next mayoral election:||2015|
|Last city council election:||2013|
|Next city council election:||2015|
|City council seats:||16|
|2014 FY Budget:||$4.9 billion|
|Population in 2013:||2.1 million|
White Not-Hispanic 25.6%
African American 23.7%
Native American 0.7%
Pacific Islander 0.1%
Two or More 3.3%
|Median household income:||$44,648|
|High school graduation rate:||74.8%|
|College graduation rate:||28.7%|
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|Texas Congressional Delegation • Texas State Legislature • Texas state executive offices|
Office of the Mayor
Annise Parker is the current Mayor of Houston. Parker served on the Houston City Council and as Houston City Controller.
Houston's legislative body is the City Council, made up of 16 members from 11 council districts and five at-large members. The Council has the power to adopt or alter the annual budget, confirm the Mayor's appointments, award contracts, approve city expenditures over $50,000, appropriate or issue bonds, lease or dispose of real estate and levy assessments against property. The Council meets at 1:30 P.M. every Tuesday and 9:00 A.M. every Wednesday.
A full list of City Council members can be found here.
The approved budget for fiscal year 2014 totals $4.9 billion, and includes a new public safety radio project, a separate fund for an independent crime lab, $2.5 million for infrastructure maintenance and $600,000 for additional financial controls and auditing. "I believe this budget proposal builds upon the progress of the last 3.5 years. We've cut waste, made city departments more efficient and balanced every budget without raising taxes. We have gone from necessary budget cutbacks and staff layoffs to sustainable economic growth," Parker said.
The city's budget process operates by Fiscal Years running from July 1 to June 30 of the next year. Fiscal Years are named by the year in which they end, not when they begin. The budgeting process begins with city departments submitting their individual budgets to the Finance Department. The Finance Department then meets with the departments to discuss what items get incorporated to the Mayor's budget. After approval by the Mayor, the City Council reviews the budget and holds public hearings. Once accepted by the City Council, the budget is officially adopted.
Office of the City Secretary
900 Bagby, Public Level
Houston, TX 77002
Office of the Mayor
Houston, TX 77002
- See also: Texas Municipal League members list
The City of Houston paid for $280,000 in federal lobbying in 2013. The city filed for four issues relating to Aviation, Airlines & Airports, three relating to Federal Budget & Appropriations, two relating to Law Enforcement & Crime and once each relating to Science & Technology, Transportation, Energy & Nuclear Power and Consumer Product Safety.
The city has paid Zuckert, Scoutt & Rasenberger $1.3 million over the past decade to lobby for the city's airport system. This is part of the total $4 million the city has spent on lobbying since 2000, according to a report by the Center for Responsive Politics. In 2010, the city decided to hire one lobbyist to represent both the airport system and city.
- See also: Harris County, Texas ballot measures
Population as of the July, 2011 census update: 2,145,146. Houston is a charter city. Signature requirement is 15% of the total vote cast at the Democratic Primary for the nomination of Mayor and Commissioners, next preceding the filing of said petition. File petitions with the city secretary. The council shall either pass such ordinance or resolution without alteration, or submit it to the popular vote at a special election, which must be held within 30 days after the date of the ordering thereof; provided, however, that if any other municipal election is to be held within 60 days after the filing of the petition said proposed ordinance or resolution shall be submitted without alteration to be voted upon at such election. (note: On 11/6/2012 Houston will vote on a charter amendment that could change/clarify the initiative process)
- See also: Texas public pensions
|Transparency grading process|
- Elected officials
- The website for Houston Texas includes the names and contact information of all city council members.
- Meeting information, including calendars, agendas and minutes are posted.
- Meeting information is archived to 2004.
- Administrative officials are listed with their contact information.
- The current budget is published.
- Budgets are archived to 2004.
- Audit reports are posted.
- Audits are archived to 2002.
- Permits and zoning
- Public records
- Property tax rates are available.
- Information on taxpayer funded lobbying is not available.
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- City of Houston, "Mayor's Biography," accessed April 29, 2014
- City of Houston, "City Council," accessed April 29, 2014
- yourhoustonnews.com, "Mayor: Proposed 2014 city of Houston budget focuses on the future," May 17, 2013
- City of Houston, "Operating Budget Process," accessed April 29, 2014
- Open Secrets, "City of Houston, TX," accessed April 29, 2014
- Texas Watchdog, "City of Houston shopping for federal lobbyist, looks to trim overall lobbying costs," October 20, 2010
- US Census, Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places in Texas: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2011
- 'City of Houston, "City council," accessed August 6, 2014
- City of Houston, "Meetings," accessed August 6, 2014
- City of Houston, "Administration," accessed August 6, 2014
- City of Houston, "Budget," accessed August 6, 2014
- City of Houston, "Audits," accessed August 6, 2014
- City of Houston, "Permits," accessed August 6, 2014
- City of Houston, "Zoning," accessed August 6, 2014
- City of Houston, "Bids and Contracts," accessed August 6, 2014
- City of Houston, "Bids," accessed August 6, 2014
- City of Houston, "Awarded Bids," accessed August 6, 2014
- City of Houston, "Records request," accessed August 6, 2014
- City of Houston, "Property Tax Rate," accessed August 6, 2014
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