|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|
|Population in 2013:||255,483|
Hispanic or Latino 25.4%
African American 28.1%
Native American 0.4%
Two or More 3.4%
|Median household income:||$42,418|
|High school graduation rate:||87.6%|
|College graduation rate:||32.1%|
|Related Orlando offices|
|Florida Congressional Delegation • Florida State Legislature • Florida state executive offices|
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.
The mayor serves as the city's chief executive, and is responsible for proposing a budget, signing legislation into law, appointing departmental directors and committee members and overseeing the city's day-to-day operations. The mayor also possesses veto powers, and presides over city council meetings. Buddy Dyer is the current Mayor of Orlando.
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.
The city council consists of nine members, each of which are elected by one of the city's nine districts.
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.
For a full list of Orlando's commissions, boards and committees, see here.
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. 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.
Orlando's adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2013-14 was $934 million.
See here to contact the mayor.
See here to contact individual council members.
- See also: Orange County, Florida ballot measures
Population as of the July 2011 census update: 243,195. 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)
In 2013, Orlando spent a total of $80,000 on federal lobbying.
|Year||Amount spent on lobbying|
|2000||Less than $10,000|
|Transparency grading process|
- Budget is published.
- Commissioners are listed with contact information. Meeting schedule, agenda, and minutes are available.
- 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.
- Annual financial audits are published.
- Building permits and zoning information is provided.
- Links to public record including state statutes are included.
- Local tax information not provided.
- Includes some information on lobbyists, but nothing on government sector lobbying.
- Does not provide information on how to make specific public record requests.
- U.S. Census, "State and County Quick Facts," accessed on September 3, 2014
- City of Orlando, "Government," accessed on September 3, 2014
- City of Orlando, "Office of the Mayor," accessed on September 2, 2014
- City of Orlando, "City Council," accessed on September 3, 2014
- City of Orlando, "Boards," accessed on August 26, 2014
- City of Orlando, "Election Information," accessed April 7, 2014
- The Orlando Sentinel, "Juan Lynum, Regina Hill in runoff for Orlando Council seat," April 8, 2014
- City of Orlando 2013-14 Annual Budget, accessed on August 26, 2014
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- Open Secrets, "City of Orlando, FL," accessed on September 3, 2014
- City of Orlando, "Office of Management and Budget," accessed on September 3, 2014
- City of Orlando, "Council," accessed on September 3, 2014
- City of Orlando, "Contact Us," accessed on September 3, 2014 (dead link)
- City of Orlando, "Bids," accessed on September 3, 2014
- City of Orlando, "CAFR," accessed on September 3, 2014
- City of Orlando, "Permits," accessed on September 3, 2014
- City of Orlando, "Planning," accessed on September 3, 2014
- City of Orlando, "Records," accessed on September 3, 2014
- City of Orlando, "Lobbyists," accessed on September 3, 2014