|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|
|Population in 2013:||226,918|
Hispanic or Latino 8.8
African American 1.7%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone 0.8%
Two or More 2.3%
|Median household income:||$72,163|
|High school graduation rate:||95.9%|
|College graduation rate:||52.7%|
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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.
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.
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.
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.
The city council consists of seven members including the mayor. All are elected at-large.
A full list of city council members can be found here
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.
For a full list of Scottsdale's commissions, boards and committees, see here
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.
Scottsdale's adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2014-15 was $1.3 billion.
- See also: Maricopa County, Arizona ballot measures
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.
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.
- U.S. Census, "State and County Quick Facts," accessed on August 26, 2014
- City of Scottsdale, "Mayor, Council, and Government," accessed on August 26, 2014
- City of Scottsdale, "City Charter," accessed on October 30, 2014
- City of Scottsdale, "Mayor and City Council," accessed on August 26, 2014
- City of Scottsdale, "Boards," accessed on August 26, 2014
- City of Scottsdale, "Official candidate list," accessed June 25, 2014
- AZcentral.com, "Candidates headed for runoff in Scottsdale," August 27, 2014
- Adopted FY 2014/15 Budget Ordinance, accessed on August 26, 2014
- Open Secrets, "City of Scottsdale, AZ," accessed on August 26, 2014
- Arizona League, "Members of League of Arizona Cities and Towns," accessed on August 26, 2014 (dead link)