Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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General information
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Mayor:Mick Cornett
Last mayoral election:March 4, 2014
Next mayoral election:2018
Last city council election:2013
Next city council election:March 3, 2015
City council seats:9
2014-15 FY Budget:$1.1 billion
City website
Composition data
Population in 2013:610,613
Gender:50.2% Female
Race:White 62.7%
Hispanic or Latino 14.1%
African American 15.1%
Asian 4.0%
Native American 3.5%
Two or More 5.2%
Unemployment:3.8%
Median household income:$45,704
High school graduation rate:85.0%
College graduation rate:28.0%
Related Oklahoma City offices
Oklahoma Congressional Delegation
Oklahoma State Legislature
Oklahoma state executive offices
Oklahoma City is the capital of the state of Oklahoma, and is the county seat of Oklahoma County. As of 2013, the city's population was 610,613.[1]

City Government

See also: Council-manager government

Oklahoma City 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 an executive called a city manager to oversee the city's day-to-day operations.[2]

Mayor

The mayor presides over city council meetings and official city ceremonies. Mick Cornett is the current mayor of Oklahoma City.[3]

City council

The city council is Oklahoma 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]

Membership

The city council consists of nine members including the mayor. While the mayor is elected at large, the other eight council members are elected by the city's eight wards. [2]

A full list of city council members can be found here

Committees

The city council features several commissions, boards and committees, which are responsible for reviewing, analyzing, and commenting upon city policies and legislation. In addition to elected city council members, non-elected citizens may also sit on select advisory boards.[4]

For a full list of Oklahoma City's commissions, boards and committees, see here

Elections

2015

See also: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma municipal elections, 2015

The city of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma will hold elections for city council on March 3, 2015. A runoff, if necessary, will take place on April 7, 2015. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election is January 30, 2015. Four of the eight city council seats are up for election.[5]

2014

See also: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma mayoral election, 2014

Incumbent Mick Cornett defeated challengers Ed Shadid, Joe Sarge Nelson and Phil Hughes in the March 4, 2014 mayoral election. Because Cornett won with over 50 percent of the vote, a runoff election was not necessary.[6][7][8]

Mayor of Oklahoma City, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMick Cornett Incumbent 64.3% 25,517
Ed Shadid 34.4% 13,641
Joe Sarge Nelson 0.7% 284
Phil Hughes 0.7% 264
Total Votes 39,706
Source: Oklahoma State Election Board

Budget

Oklahoma City's operating budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year was $1.1 billion, of which $415 million constituted the "general fund," the funds necessary to maintain the city's day-to-day operations.[9]

Contact Information

Office of the Mayor
200 N Walker, 3rd Floor
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Phone: 405-297-2424

See here to contact individual Council members.

Ballot Measures

See also: Oklahoma County, Oklahoma ballot measures

Oklahoma City is in Oklahoma County. A list of ballot measures in Oklahoma County is available here.

Initiative process

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Oklahoma

Population as of 2013: 610,613.[1] Oklahoma City is a charter city.

Oklahoma City's initiative process follows state law (see Laws governing local ballot measures in Oklahoma for details) for both charter amendment and ordinances.

Oklahoma City's municipal code

Lobbying

In 2013, Oklahoma City's federal lobbying related expenses amounted to approximately $80,000.[10] The issues for which the city filed in 2013, as well as the number of reports, can be seen in the box below. The issues column lists the generic issues that lobbyists working for local governments are required by law to disclose on quarterly federal disclosure forms.[11][12] The reports column gives the number of reports lobbyists filed in regards to each generic issue. To learn more about the details of the specific issues for which Oklahoma City filed reports, read the federal disclosure forms by clicking the "Issues" links in the box below.

Federal Lobbying Issues, 2013
Reports Issues
4 Fed Budget & Appropriations

Website evaluation

See also: Evaluation of Oklahoma city websites
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Lobbying P
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Local Taxes
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Transparency grading process

The good

  • Elected officials
    • The Mayor and city council officials contact information are posted online.[13]
  • Meetings
    • Agendas, videos, and minutes are available for City Council Meetings.[14]
  • Budget
    • Current and past budgets are posted.[15]
    • Budgets are archived to 2005.
  • Administration
    • Contact information for city administration officials is posted.[16]
  • Zoning
    • Building permits[17] are posted.
    • Zoning information[18] is available.
  • Contracts
    • City of Oklahoma City’s bids and RFPs are posted.[19]
  • Audits
    • Financial audits are available.[20]
    • Audits are archived to 2002.
  • Public records
    • Information on public records is available.[21]
    • Public records fees[22] and water rates[23] are posted.
  • Taxes
    • Local tax rates, including sales tax and hotel/ motel taxes, along with monthly collection reports are posted.[24]
  • Lobbying

The bad

  • Lobbying
    • Contracts with lobbyists and membership dues to lobbying organizations are not disclosed.

See Also

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 U.S. Census, "State and County Quick Facts," accessed on August 12, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Oklahoma City, "Mayor and Council," accessed on September 2, 2014
  3. Oklahoma City, "Office of the Mayor," accessed on August 12, 2014
  4. Oklahoma City, "Boards and Commissions," accessed on August 11, 2014
  5. City of Oklahoma City, "City of Oklahoma City Elections," accessed September 19, 2014
  6. City of Oklahoma City "Candidates for the March 2014 Election" accessed February 14, 2014
  7. KOCO.com "Mick Cornett wins mayoral race with nearly 66% of vote," March 5, 2014
  8. Oklahoma State Election Board, "Official election results," accessed July 4, 2014
  9. Oklahoma City, "Budget and Finance," accessed on August 12, 2014
  10. Open Secrets, "City of Oklahoma City, OK," accessed on October 29, 2014
  11. U.S. House of Representatives: Office of the Clerk, "Lobbying Disclosure Act Guidance," accessed on November 11, 2014
  12. Open Secrets, "Methodology," accessed on November 11, 2014
  13. Oklahoma City, "Elected Officials," accessed on August 12, 2014
  14. Oklahoma City, "Agenda and Minutes," accessed on August 12, 2014
  15. Oklahoma City, "Budget," accessed on August 12, 2014
  16. Oklahoma City, "Administration," accessed on August 12, 2014
  17. Building permits, accessed on August 12, 2014
  18. Oklahoma City, "Zoning Information," accessed on August 12, 2014
  19. Oklahoma City, "Bids and RFP's," accessed on August 12, 2014
  20. Oklahoma City, "Audits," accessed on August 12, 2014
  21. Oklahoma City, "Public Records," accessed on August 12, 2014
  22. Oklahoma City, "Fees," accessed on August 12, 2014
  23. Oklahoma City, "Rates," accessed on August 12, 2014
  24. Oklahoma City, "Taxes," accessed on August 12, 2014
  25. Okalahoma City, "Lobbying," accessed on August 12, 2014