Orlando, Florida

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Orlando, Florida
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General information
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Mayor:Buddy Dyer
Last mayoral election:2012
Next mayoral election:2016
Last city council election:2014
Next city council election:2016
City council seats:7
2013-14 FY Budget:$934 million
City website
Composition data
Population in 2013:255,483
Gender:51.4% Female
Race:White 57.6%
Hispanic or Latino 25.4%
African American 28.1%
Asian 3.8%
Native American 0.4%
Two or More 3.4%
Unemployment:4.0%
Median household income:$42,418
High school graduation rate:87.6%
College graduation rate:32.1%
Related Orlando offices
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Florida State Legislature
Florida state executive offices
Orlando is a city in Florida and the county seat of Orange County. As of the 2013, its population was 255,483.[1]

City government

The city of Orlando 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. In the case of Orlando, however, the mayor also serves as the city council's seventh member.[2]

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 overseeing the city's day-to-day operations. The mayor also represents the city on the state, national and international levels.[2] Buddy Dyer is the current Mayor of Orlando.[3]

City council

The Orlando 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.[4]

Membership

The city council consists of nine members, each of which are elected by one of the city's nine districts.[4]

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

Commissions, boards and committees

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 Orlando 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.[5]

For a full list of Orlando's commissions, boards and committees, see here.

Elections

2014

See also Orlando, Florida city council elections, 2014

The city of Orlando, Florida held elections for city council on April 8, 2014. A runoff took place on May 6 for the District 5 seat.[6] Three seats were up for election.

In Districts 1 and 3, the incumbent ran unopposed. Thus, there was only one contested seat in the April 8 election. Because no candidate won more than 50 percent of the vote for the District 5 seat, a runoff election was held on May 6, 2014, which Regina Hill won.[7]

Budget

Orlando's adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2013-14 was $934 million.[8]

Contact

City Clerk’s Office
2nd. Floor
400 S. Orange Ave.
P.O. Box 4990
Orlando, FL
32802-4990
Hours: Monday through Friday – 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

See here to contact the mayor.

See here to contact individual council members.

Ballot Measures

See also: Orange County, Florida ballot measures

Orlando is in Orange County. A list of ballot measures in Orange County is available here.

Initiative process

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Florida

Population as of the July 2011 census update: 243,195.[9] Orlando is a charter city.

Orlando has its own initiative process for ordinances. 15% of the total number of qualified registered voters of the City of Orlando must sign the petition. The process for approval is indirect and within two weeks of the filing of the petition the Council may pass the ordinance, or shall call a special election to be held within 90 days. A simple majority determines the outcome of the election. (Orlando Charter, Chap. 2, Sec. 14)[10]

Lobbying

Main articles: Florida government sector lobbying and Florida League of Cities.

In 2013, Orlando spent a total of $80,000 on federal lobbying.[11]

Reported lobbying expenditures, 2000-2010
Year Amount spent on lobbying
2013 $80,000
2012 $80,000
2011 $90,000
2010 $80,000
2009 $90,000
2008 $85,000
2007 $80,000
2006 $80,000
2005 $20,000
2004 $40,000
2003 $80,000
2002 $80,000
2001 $40,000
2000 Less than $10,000

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The good

  • Budget is published.[12]
  • Commissioners are listed with contact information. Meeting schedule, agenda, and minutes are available.[13]
  • Administrative officials are listed with contact information.
  • Available bids are listed through the Purchasing and Materials Management Division. Awarded, canceled, deleted and active contracts are mentioned and details are provided.[14]
  • Annual financial audits are published.[15]
  • Building permits[16] and zoning information is provided.[17]
  • Links to public record including state statutes are included.[18]

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