|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|
|Population in 2013:||352,957|
African American 26.2%
Hispanic or Latino 23.1%
Two or More Races 3.2%
|Median household income:||$43,514|
|High school graduation rate:||85.5%|
|College graduation rate:||32.9%|
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For a full list of Tampa city boards and commissions, see here.
- 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.
Tampa's adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2014 was $830 million.
Office of the Mayor
306 East Jackson Street
Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: (813) 274-8251
315 East Kennedy Boulevard
City Hall, 3rd Floor
Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: (813) 274-8131
To contact individual council members, see here.
Population as of the July, 2011 census update: 346,037. 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)
In 2013, Tampa's federal lobbying related expenses amounted to approximately $120,000. The issues for which the city filed in 2013, as well as the number of reports, can be seen in the box below. The issues column lists the generic issues that lobbyists working for local governments are required by law to disclose on quarterly federal disclosure forms. The reports column gives the number of reports lobbyists filed in regards to each generic issue. To learn more about the details of the specific issues for which Tampa filed reports, read the federal disclosure forms by clicking the "Issues" links in the box below.
|Federal Lobbying Issues, 2013|
|4||Fed Budget & Appropriations|
|4||Environment & Superfund|
City website evaluation
|Transparency grading process|
See also: Evaluation of Florida city websites
This website was reviewed on April 9, 2012.
- City council members are listed with some contact information and an email form.
- Some contact information and an email form are provided for administrative officials.
- Meeting schedules, agendas, and transcripts are posted.
- Zoning information and building permits are posted.
- City contracts are posted.
- Budgets are posted.
- Audits are posted.
- The budget includes the amount allocated to the Intergovernmental Relations office, which engages in Taxpayer-funded lobbying. The budget also lists membership payments to government sector lobbying associations.
- The site links to county property tax information.
- Email addresses are not listed for elected and administrative officials.
- No information is available on how to make public records requests.
- U.S. Census Bureau, "State and County Quick Facts," accessed on October 23, 2014
- Cit of Tampa, "Office of the Mayor," accessed on October 23, 2014
- City of Tampa, "City Council," accessed on October 23, 2014
- City of Tampa, "City Council: About," accessed on October 23, 2014
- City of Tampa, "Boards and Commissions," accessed on October 23, 2014
- Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections, "City of Tampa Municipal Officers (2015)," accessed September 19, 2014
- City of Tampa, "Recommended Operating and Capitol Budget FY 2014
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- Open Secrets, "City of Tampa, FL," accessed on October 23, 2014
- U.S. House of Representatives: Office of the Clerk, "Lobbying Disclosure Act Guidance," accessed on November 11, 2014
- Open Secrets, "Methodology," accessed on November 11, 2014
- City of Tampa, "City Council," accessed April 9, 2012
- City of Tampa, "Department Links," accessed April 9, 2012
- City of Tampa, "City Council Calendar," accessed April 9, 2012
- City of Tampa, "Agendas," accessed April 9, 2012
- City of Tampa, "Closed Captioning," accessed April 9, 2012
- City of Tampa, "Land Development," accessed April 9, 2012
- City of Tampa, "Bid Schedule," accessed April 9, 2012
- City of Tampa, "Budget," accessed April 9, 2012
- 'City of 'Tampa, "Accounting," accessed April 9, 2012
- City of Tampa, "2012 Budget," accessed April 9, 2012
- Hillsborough County Tax Collector, "Tax Search," accessed April 9, 2012