Incorporated in 1875 on an area of 4 square miles and officially made a city in 1885, Orlando is now -- on an area of approximately 100 square miles -- the famous home of Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld Orlando.
Orlando operates under a strong-mayor governing model in which the voter-elected mayor serves as the executive body and the city council, also elected by voters, serves a legislative function. The city council is composed of six commissioners elected at-large to serve four year terms.
|Commissioner||District||1st Yr. Elected|
|Phil Diamond||District 1||2002|
|Tony Ortiz||District 2||2008|
|Robert F. Stuart||District 3||2006|
|Patty Sheehan||District 4||2000|
|Daisy W. Lynum||District 5||1998|
|Samuel B. Ings||District 6||2006|
According to the proposed 2009-10 city budget, commissioners would earn $49,383 annually. Each commissioner has a different district budget, however. For instance, Stuart's is $22,539 but Ings's is $48,679 and Lynum's is $45,671. Ings and Lynum have the highest district budgets. All other budgets are under $20,000 per year.
Expenditures per district rose during the 2010-11 fiscal year compared to the previous fiscal year. The increase in expenditures, respective of each district: 5.37%, 6.43%, 10.87%, 5.47%, 8.70%, 1.17%
|Year||Amount spent on lobbying|
|2000||Less than $10,000|
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