Irving, Texas

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Irving, Texas
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General information
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Mayor:Beth Van Duyne
Mayor party:Nonpartisan
Last mayoral election:May 10, 2014
Next mayoral election:2017
Last city council election:May 10, 2014
Next city council election:2015
City council seats:9
2013-14 FY Budget:$300 million
City website
Composition data
Population in 2013:228,653
Gender:50.0% Female
Race:White 53.1%
Hispanic or Latino 41.1%
African American 12.3%
Asian 14.0%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone 0.9%
Two or More 3.5%
Unemployment:4.8%
Median household income:$49,303
High school graduation rate:78.9%
College graduation rate:33.4%
Related Irving offices
Texas Congressional Delegation
Texas State Legislature
Texas state executive offices
Irving is a city in Dallas County, Texas. As of 2013, its population was 228,653.[1]

City government

The city of Irving 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.[2]

City manager

The city manager is Irving's chief executive. Appointed by city council, the city manager's responsibilities include overseeing the city's day-to-day operations, planning and implementing the city's operating budget, carrying out council policies and hiring most city government employees.[2]

Mayor

The mayor presides over city council meetings and official city ceremonies. Beth Van Duyne is the current Mayor of Irving.[2]

City council

The Irving 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.[2]

Council membership

The city council consists of nine members including the mayor. The mayor and two council members are elected at-large, while the other six members are elected by the city's six districts.[2]

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

Boards and commissions

A series of advisory boards and commissions that are made up of non-elected citizens, whom city council members have appointed and approved, advises the Irving City Council. The roles of these boards and commissions are to review, debate and comment upon city policies and legislation and to make recommendations to the city council.[3]

For a full list of Irving's city boards and commissions, see here.

Elections

2014

See also: Irving, Texas municipal elections, 2014

The city of Irving, Texas held elections for mayor and city council on May 10, 2014. Two of the eight city council seats were up for election.[4]

Incumbent Mayor Beth Van Duyne won re-election, while city council incumbent Dennis Webb also won re-election. Oscar Ward defeated council incumbent Rose Cannaday for the other seat.[5]

Budget

Irving's adopted operating budget for fiscal 2013-14 was $300 million.[6]

Contact information

City Council
Irving City Hall
City Council's Office
825 W. Irving Blvd.
Irving, TX 75060
Phone: (972) 721-2410

To contact individual city council members, see here.

Ballot measures

See also: Dallas County, Texas ballot measures

Irving is located in Dallas County. A list of ballot measures in Dallas County is available here.

Initiative process

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Texas

Irving is a charter city. Signature requirement is equal in number to ten percent (10%) of the total number of registered voters registered to vote at the last regular election. File petitions with the city secretary. When an initiative or referendum petition has been finally determined sufficient (by the city clerk), the council shall promptly consider the proposed initiative or referendum ordinance in the manner provided herein or reconsider the referred ordinance by voting its repeal. If the council fails to adopt a proposed initiative ordinance without any change in substance within sixty (60) days or fails to repeal the referred ordinance within thirty (30) days after the date the petition was finally determined sufficient it shall submit the proposed or referred ordinance to the voters of the city. The election must be held on the next available general election date as established by state law, which election is called for any purpose than initiative or referendum

DocumentIcon.jpg Irving City Charter, Article XI

Lobbying

Main article: Texas Municipal League members list

Irving pays membership dues to the Texas Municipal League, a government sector lobbying association.

As of September 2014, no up-to-date information is available for the city of Irving's federal lobbying related expenses.

Website evaluation

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Transparency grading process

Last rated on Jan. 17, 2012

The good

  • The website for Irving Texas includes the names and contact information for all council members, but it is a group email instead of individual email addresses.[7]
  • Administrative officials are listed with contact information under respective department.[8]
  • City council meeting agendas and minutes are published.[9][10]
  • Audit reports are published.[11]
  • The current budget is published.[11]
  • Local tax information is posted.[12]
  • There is a procedure for requesting public records.[13]
  • Zoning information[14] and permits available.[15]

The bad

  • Information on current contracts is not available.[16]
  • There is no information on lobbying.

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