St. Louis, Missouri

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St. Louis, Missouri
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General information
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Mayor:Francis Slay
Mayor party:Democratic
Last mayoral election:2013
Next mayoral election:2017
Last city council election:2013
Next city council election:April 7, 2015
City council seats:29
2014 FY Budget:$985.2 million
City website
Composition data
Population in 2013:318,416
Gender:51.6% Female
Race:White 46.4%
African American 47.9%
Hispanic or Latino 3.7%
Asian 3.1%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone 0.3%
Two or More 2.3%
Unemployment:9.5%
Median household income:$34,384
High school graduation rate:82.3%
College graduation rate:28.5%
Related St. Louis offices
Missouri Congressional Delegation
Missouri State Legislature
Missouri state executive offices
St. Louis is an independent city located in Missouri. It was at one time the county seat of St. Louis County, but in 1876 voters chose to separate from the county and form an independent city.[1] As of 2013, population of St. Louis was 318,416.[2]

City government

See also: Mayor-council government

The city of St. Louis 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.

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.[3] Francis Slay is the current Mayor of St. Louis.[4]

City council

The St. Louis City Council - more commonly known as the Board of Aldermen - 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.[5]

Membership

St. Louis's city council has twenty-nine members. Twenty-eight members are elected by the city's twenty-eight wards, while the council president, who is responsible for presiding over council meetings, is elected at-large.[5] A list of current members can be found here.

Council committees

The St. Louis City Council features a total of fifteen standing and ad hoc committees, which focus on individual policy and legislative issues. Generally, the drafting of city legislation begins with the committees.[6] For a list of St. Louis's committees and committee members, see here.

Elections

2015

See also: St. Louis, Missouri municipal elections, 2015

The city of St. Louis, Missouri will hold elections for mayor and city council on April 7, 2015. A primary will take place on March 3, 2015. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election is January 2, 2015. Fourteen of the 28 city council seats are up for election.[7]

Budget

St. Louis' adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2014 was $985.2 million.[8]

Contact information

Office of the Mayor
City Hall - Room 200
1200 Market Street
St. Louis, Missouri 63103
Phone: (314) 622-3201

See here to contact individual council members.

Ballot measures

See also: St. Louis City, Missouri ballot measures

The city of St. Louis is an independent city. A list of ballot measures in St. Louis is available here.

Initiative process

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Missouri

Population according to the July 2011 census update: 318,069[9]

Charter city

The signature requirement is 5% of all the registered voters of the city at the time of the last preceding regular mayoral election. Each of the papers comprising the petition shall contain the proposed ordinance in full and designate by names and addresses five persons as the committee of the petitioners. Additional form requirements can be found in the St. Louis Charter, Article VII, Sections 2 and 3. Petitions are filed with the board of election commissioners. After certification, the board of aldermen has 60 days to pass the measure or they shall submit it at an election in not less than 30 days.

DocumentIcon.jpg St. Louis Charter, Art. V

Lobbying

See also: Missouri government sector lobbying

As of September 2014, up-to-date information on St. Louis' federal lobbying related expenses is unavailable.

Website evaluation

Last rated on March 23, 2012.

The good

  • Budget is published.[10]
  • The President and Board of Aldermen are listed with contact information, as well as an informative guide to the Board
  • Board meetings[11], minutes, and agendas[12] are posted.
  • Administrative officials listed under respective department[13]
  • Building permit[14] and zoning[15] information available.
  • Audits are available.[16]
  • Information about making public records requests is posted[17].
  • Taxes can be paid online, local tax info provided.[18]

The bad

See also

External links

References