St. Petersburg, Florida

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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General information
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Mayor:Rick Kriseman
Mayor party:Nonpartisan
Last mayoral election:2013
Next mayoral election:2017
Last city council election:2013
Next city council election:March 11, 2014
City council seats:8
2015 FY Budget:$483 million
City website
Composition data
Population in 2013:249,688
Gender:51.9% Female
Race:White 64.3%
African American 23.9%
Hispanic or Latino 6.6%
Asian 3.2%
Two or More Races 2.5%
Unemployment:6.3%
Median household income:$44,756
High school graduation rate:87.8%
College graduation rate:28.1%
Related St. Petersburg offices
Florida Congressional Delegation
Florida State Legislature
Florida state executive offices
St. Petersburg is a city in Pinellas County, Florida. As of 2013, its population was 249,688.[1]

City government

The city of St. Petersburg 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 while the mayor serves as the city's chief executive.[2]

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. Rick Kriseman is the current Mayor of St. Petersburg.[3]

City council

The St. Petersburg 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.[2]

Membership

The St. Petersburg City Council is made up of eight members, each of whom is elected by one of the city's eight districts.[4]

A current list of council members can be found here.

Boards and commissions

A series of advisory boards and commissions that are made up of appointed citizens and elected city officials advises the St. Petersburg 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]

Elections

2015

See also: St. Petersburg, Florida municipal elections, 2015

The city of St. Petersburg, Florida will hold elections for city council on March 11, 2015. A runoff, if necessary, will take place on April 8, 2015. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election is February 10, 2015. Four of the eight city council seats are up for election.[6]

Budget

St. Petersburg's adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2015 was $483 million.[7]

Contact information

Office of the Mayor
St. Petersburg City Hall
175 Fifth St. N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Phone: (727) 893-7201

City Council
PO Box 2842
St. Petersburg, FL 33731
Phone: (727) 893-7117

To contact individual council members, see here.

Ballot measures

See also: Pinellas County, Florida ballot measures

The city of St. Petersburg is in Pinellas County. A list of ballot measures in Pinellas County is available here.

Initiative process

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Florida

Population as of the July, 2011 census update: 244,997.[8] St. Petersburg is a charter city.

St. Petersburg has its own initiative process for ordinances. Petitions are not allowed to extend to the budget or any ordinance relating to appropriation of money, levy of taxes or salaries of City officials or employees. 10% of the total number of qualified voters registered to vote at the last general City election are required to sign the petition. Any 5 qualified voters may commence initiative proceedings by filing with the City Clerk an affidavit stating they will constitute the petitioner's committee along with the other required content. Promptly after the affidavit of the petitioner's committee is filed, the City Clerk may, at the committee's request, issues the appropriate petition blanks to the petitioner's committee at the committee's expense. Requirements regarding the petitions form, content, and the circulator affidavit are found in the St. Petersburg Charter, Sec. 7.05. The process for approval is indirect and the council may adopt or submit the proposed ordinance at a general or special election to be held not less than 30 or more than 90 days later. A simple majority determines the outcome of the election. (St. Petersburg Charter, Art. VII)[9]

Lobbying

Main articles: Florida government sector lobbying and Florida League of Cities.

St. Petersburg pays membership dues to the Florida League of Cities, a government sector lobbying association.[10]

As of October 2014, information on St. Petersburg's federal lobbying related expenses is unavailable.

City website evaluation

See also: Evaluation of Florida city websites

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Transparency grading process

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The good

  • Budget
    • The most current budget is listed.
    • Budgets are archived for 8 years.[11]
  • Administrative Officials
    • Department heads are listed for each department.[12]
    • Contact information for administrative officials is provided including a mailing address, phone number, and personalized email.
  • Elected Officials
    • Elected officials are listed with a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.[13]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting minutes are archived for 8 years.[14]
    • Meeting agendas are archived for 8 years.[15]
    • A meeting calendar is available and names the times and locations of public meetings.[16]
    • Meeting videos are available.
  • Audits
    • The most recent audit is posted.
    • Audits dating back to 2005 are available.[17]
  • Contracts
    • Bids and RFPs are posted online.[18]
    • Approved contract statements are provided for vendors.[19][20]
  • Permits and zoning
    • Zoning ordinances are posted online.
    • Permit applications can be downloaded on the site, along with information on how to apply for the permits.[21]

The bad

  • Lobbying
  • Public Records
  • Taxes
    • Tax information is not available.

See also

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