Scottsdale, Arizona

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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General information
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Mayor:Jim Lane
Mayor party:Nonpartisan
Last mayoral election:2012
Next mayoral election:2016
Last city council election:2012
Next city council election:November 4, 2014
City council seats:7
2014-2015 FY Budget:$1.3 billion
City website
Composition data
Population in 2013:226,918
Gender:51.7% Female
Race:White 89.3%
Hispanic or Latino 8.8
African American 1.7%
Asian 3.3%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone 0.8%
Two or More 2.3%
Unemployment:4.3%
Median household income:$72,163
High school graduation rate:95.9%
College graduation rate:52.7%
Related Scottsdale offices
Arizona Congressional Delegation
Arizona State Legislature
Arizona state executive offices
Scottsdale is a city located in Maricopa County, Arizona. As of 2013, its population was 226,918.[1]

City government

The city of Scottsdale 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 day-to-day municipal operations and implement the council's policy and legislative initiatives.[2][3]

City manager

The city manager is the city's chief executive. The responsibilities of the city manager include overseeing the city's day-to-day operations, planning and implementing the city's operating budget and appointing departmental directors and other senior-level positions.[4]

Mayor

The mayor is a member of city council. He or she presides over council meetings and official city ceremonies. The mayor also represents the city on the state, national and international levels. Jim Lane is the current Mayor of Scottsdale.[4]

City council

The Scottsdale 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.[4]

Membership

The city council consists of seven members including the mayor. All are elected at-large.[4]

A full list of city council members can be found here

Advisory boards

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 Scottsdale 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 Scottsdale's commissions, boards and committees, see here

Elections

2014

See also: Scottsdale, Arizona municipal elections, 2014

The city of Scottsdale, Arizona will hold nonpartisan elections for city council on November 4, 2014. A primary election was held on August 26, 2014.

Three of the six council seats are up for election. Because no candidate received a majority of the total votes in the primary election, the top six candidates will proceed to the general election. Incumbents Linda Milhaven and Dennis Robbins will face Cindy Hill, Kathy Littlefield, Jennifer Petersen and David N. Smith.[6][7]

Budget

Scottsdale's adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2014-15 was $1.3 billion.[8]

Ballot measures

See also: Maricopa County, Arizona ballot measures

The city of Scottsdale is in Maricopa County. A list of ballot measures in Maricopa County is available here.

Initiative process

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Arizona

Population as of the July, 2011 census update: 221,020.[1] Scottsdale is a charter city.

Scottsdale does not allow any initiative measure to change or alter, or remove or limit, any power, right, duty, privilege or immunity conferred by or established by its Charter. Moreover, the City of Scottsdale forbids any initiative measure which in any way conflicts with a provision of its charter or responsibilities conferred by it.

Scottsdale City Charter

Lobbying

In 2011, Scottsdale is reported to have spent $80,000 on federal lobbying. The city filed four reports each for the following issues: Aviation, Airlines, and Airports; Federal Budget and Appropriations; and Natural Resources. No records are available for Scottsdale's federal lobbying related expenses after 2011.[9]

Scottsdale is a member of the Arizona League of Cities and Towns, a government sector lobbying association.[10]

See also

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