|Last mayoral election:||2011|
|Next mayoral election:||August 25, 2015|
|Last city council election:||2013|
|Next city council election:||August 25, 2015|
|City council seats:||7|
|2015 FY Budget:||$1.265 billion|
|Population in 2013:||526,116|
African American 5.0%
Hispanic or Latino 41.6%
Two or More Races 4.2%
|Median household income:||$36,939|
|High school graduation rate:||84.0%|
|College graduation rate:||24.2%|
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- 1 City government
- 2 Elections
- 3 Budget
- 4 Contact information
- 5 Ballot measures
- 6 Lobbying
- 7 City website evaluation
- 8 See also
- 9 External links
- 10 References
- See also: Council-manager government
The city of Tucson 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 a chief 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 presides over city council meetings and official city ceremonies. The mayor also represents the city on the state, national and international levels. Jonathan Rothschild is the current Mayor of Tucson.
The Tucson 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 Tucson City Council is made up of seven members, including the mayor. Six council members are elected by the city's six wards, while the mayor is 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 non-elected citizens, whom city council members have appointed and approved, advises the Tucson 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 Tucson city boards and commissions, see here.
The city of Tucson, Arizona will hold elections for mayor and city council on November 3, 2015. A primary will take place on August 25, 2015. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election is May 27, 2015, for primary candidates and is September 24, 2015, for general election candidates. Three of the six city council seats are up for election.
Tucson's adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2015 was $1.265 billion.
Office of the Mayor
City Hall, 10th Floor
255 W. Alameda
Tucson, AZ 85701
Phone: (520) 791-4201
The mayor's website also provides an online contact form. It can be accessed here.
To contact individual council members, see here.
- See also: Pima County, Arizona ballot measures
Tucson has additional provisions for ordinance initiative and referendum only. The city of Tucson computes the requisite signature percentages of voters based on the vote for the candidates for mayor at the last preceding general municipal election at which a mayor was elected (Tucson Charter, Chap. XIX, Sec. 1). The form of a petition is established in the Tucson Charter, Chap. XIX, Sec. 2. On the filing of a successful petition, the council may pass the measure or proceed to call a special election. (Tucson Charter, Chap. XIX, Sec. 3) (See above for state prescribed initiative process)
In 2013, Tucson's federal lobbying related expenses amounted to approximately $340,000. 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 Tucson filed reports, read the federal disclosure forms by clicking the "Issues" links in the box below.
|Federal Lobbying Issues, 2013|
|7||Fed Budget & Appropriations|
|2||Environment & Superfund|
|1||Energy & Nuclear Power|
City website evaluation
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- Elected officials
- Elected officials are listed with contact information.
- Administrative officials are listed with contact information under respective department.
- Zoning and permits
- Audits are posted.
- Audits are archived to 2001.
- Public records
- Information on how to obtain public records is available.
- Local tax information available online.
- A link to the Arizona League of Cities, a government sector lobbying association, is available. No other lobbying information is available.
- U.S. Census Bureau, "State and County Quick Facts," accessed on October 21, 2014
- Mayor Rothschild, "History and Culture of Tucson," accessed on October 21, 2014
- City of Tucson, "City Manager," accessed on October 21, 2014
- Mayor Rothschild, "Home," accessed on October 21, 2014
- City of Tucson, "City Government," accessed on October 21, 2014
- City of Tucson, "Boards and Commissions," accessed on October 21, 2014
- City of Tuscon, "About City of Tucson Elections," accessed September 19, 2014
- City of Tucson, "Adopted Operating Budget FY 2015
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- Open Secrets, "City of Tucson," accessed on November 11, 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 Tucson, "Budget," accessed on October 21, 2014
- City of Tucson, "Budget archives," accessed on October 21, 2014
- City of Tucson, "Agendas & Minutes," accessed on October 21, 2014
- City of Tucson, "Meeting archives
- City of Tucson, "Mayor and Council," accessed on October 21, 2014
- City of Tucson, "Administration," accessed on October 21, 2014
- Planning and development
- City of Tucson, "Permits," accessed on October 21, 2014
- City of Tucson, "Internal Audits," accessed on October 21, 2014
- City of Tucson, "Purchasing & Contracts," accessed on October 21, 2014
- City of Tucson, "Current Bids," accessed on October 21, 2014
- City of Tucson, "Awarded Bids," accessed on October 21, 2014
- City of Tucson, "Public records," accessed on October 21, 2014
- City of Tucson, "Taxes," accessed on October 21, 2014
- City of Tucson, "Arizona League of Cities," accessed on October 21, 2014