Tampa, Florida

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Tampa, Florida
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General information
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Mayor:Bob Buckhorn
Mayor party:Nonpartisan
Last mayoral election:2011
Next mayoral election:March 3, 2015
Last city council election:2011
Next city council election:March 3, 2015
City council seats:7
2014 FY Budget:$830 million
City website
Composition data
Population in 2013:352,957
Gender:51.1% Female
Race:White 46.3%
African American 26.2%
Hispanic or Latino 23.1%
Asian 3.4%
Two or More Races 3.2%
Unemployment:7.0%
Median household income:$43,514
High school graduation rate:85.5%
College graduation rate:32.9%
Related Tampa offices
Florida Congressional Delegation
Florida State Legislature
Florida state executive offices
Tampa is a city in Hillsborough County, Florida. As of 2013, its population was 352,957.[1]

City government

The city of Tampa 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.

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. Bob Buckhorn is the current Mayor of Tampa.[2]

City council

The Tampa 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.[3]

Membership

The Tampa City Council is made up of seven members. Each member represents one of the city's seven districts. However, only the representatives for districts four through seven are actually by their respective districts. The representatives for districts one, two and three are elected at-large.[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 officials advises the Tampa 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 Tampa city boards and commissions, see here.

Elections

2015

See also: Tampa, Florida municipal elections, 2015

The city of Tampa, Florida will hold elections for mayor and city council on March 3, 2015. A runoff, if necessary, will take place on March 24, 2015. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election is January 16, 2015. All seven city council seats are up for election.[6]

Budget

Tampa's adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2014 was $830 million.[7]

Contact information

Office of the Mayor
306 East Jackson Street
Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: (813) 274-8251

City Council
315 East Kennedy Boulevard
City Hall, 3rd Floor
Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: (813) 274-8131

To contact individual council members, see here.

Ballot measures

See also: Hillsborough County, Florida ballot measures

The city of Tampa is in Hillsborough County. A list of ballot measures in Hillsborough County is available here.

Initiative process

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Florida

Population as of the July, 2011 census update: 346,037.[8] Tampa is a charter city.

Tampa has its own initiative process for ordinances. Petitions are not allowed to extend to the budget or capital improvement program or any emergency ordinance, or ordinance relating to appropriation of money, levy of taxes or salaries of city officers or employees. 10% of the electors of the city qualified to vote at the last general municipal election are required to sign the petition. The form and content of the petition shall be as provided for under Florida Statutes Ch. 100.361. The process for approval is indirect and the council may adopt or submit the proposed ordinance at a city election. (Tampa Charter Sec. 10.07, 10.08)[9]

Lobbying

In 2013, Tampa spent a total of $120,000 on federal lobbying related expenses. The city filed four reports each for the following issues: Fed Budget & Appropriations, Environment & Superfund and Transportation.[10]

City website evaluation

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Transparency grading process

See also: Evaluation of Florida city websites

This website was reviewed on April 9, 2012.

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  • Email addresses are not listed for elected and administrative officials.
  • No information is available on how to make public records requests.

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