See also: Colorado public pensions
The city of Aurora operates under a council/manager form of government. This means that a city council proposes and enacts legislation, in addition to appointing administrative officials. However, a large part of the city's day-to-day operations are overseen by a council-appointed city manager. The mayor serves as the head of the city council.
In Aurora, there are 10 council members. Six are elected by equally proportioned districts. Four are elected at large. The mayor is also elected at-large. The city council positions are part-time.
Current council members are:
- Steve Hogan, Mayor
- Sally Mounier, Ward 1
- Renie Peterson, Ward 2
- Marsha Berzins, Ward 3
- Molly Markert, Ward 4
- Bob Roth, Ward 5
- Bob Broom, Ward 6
- Barbara Cleland, At Large
- Brad Pierce, At Large
- Debi Hunter Holen, At Large
- Bob LeGare, At Large
Salaries and pensions
As of 2010, the Aurora City Council were compensated $12,752 per year.
The city of Colorado does not keep public records of public pensions for its government members. However, some estimates have placed pension payments for retired government officials as high as 170% of what the council members made as active members. These estimates are not confirmed.
The city of Aurora is largely managed by a city administrator called the city manager. This is a professional who sees to the day-to-day functions of the city. The duties of the city manager, as outlined by the city of Aurora, are:
- Ensures that the policy direction set by the city council is carried out
- Sees to it that the city's delivery of public services is of high quality and provided in an efficient and cost-effective manner
- Prepares a recommended budget for the city council
- Recruits, hires and supervises city of Aurora staff
- Provides the city council objective information and recommendations regarding the issues and decisions before the city council.
The current city manager is George "Skip" Noe. He has held the position since 2010.
Under Noe are two deputy managers:
- Nancy Freed -- Oversees Operations, which includes Library and Cultural Services, Neighborhood Services, Parks, Recreation and Open Space, Water, Planning and Development Services, and Public Works
- Michelle Wolfe -- Oversees Administrative Services, which includes Public Safety Communications, Management Support, Communications, Finance, Budget, Human Resources (including Fleet and Purchasing) and Information Technology.
and two assistant city managers:
- Janice Napper -- Aids the City Manager and oversees the City Clerk's Office, Municipal Records, Elections, Internal Audit and Research
- Roberto Venegas -- Aids the City Manager and oversees Intergovernmental Relations, International Roundtable and Policy
|Sources of Funds||2010 Actual||2011 Actual||2012 Actual||2010-2011 Change||2011 - 2012 Change|
|Sales Tax||$123,357,355||$124,899,322||$127,085,060||1.3 %||1.7%|
|Auto Use Tax||9,043,525||9,746,090||10,038,473||7.8%||3.0%|
|Highway Users Tax||10,096,150||10,160,324||10,261,928||0.6%||1.0%|
|Fines & Forfeitures||6,817,968||5,784,440||6,190,000||-15.2%||7.0%|
|Capital-Related Use Tax||11,767,424||10,724,905||11,860,351||-8.9%||10.6%|
|Other Operating Reserves||28,073,037||28,182,614||29,179,558||0.4%||3.5%|
|General Fund Revenue||$227,444,489||$228,309,450||$232,037,360||0.4%||1.6%|
|Transfers and Reserves||31,272,713||2,835,453||2,027,798||-90.9%||-28.5%|
|Total General Fund Sources||$258,717,202||$231,144,903||$234,065,158||-10.7%||1.3%|
|Department||2009 Actual||2010 Actual||2011 Original||2011 Projection||2012 Proposed|
|Operating Expenditures by Category:|
|Salaries and Benefits||219,552,893||219,005,211||225,829,774||223,269,532||227,932,816|
|Supplies and Services||103,943,213||104,409,186||111,512,540||119,136,217||116,860,178|
|Total Operating Expenditures||$446,483,802||$503,534,419||$447,245,906||$436,787,016||$448,903,504|
- Main article:Colorado government sector lobbying
Aurora has reported $680,000 spent lobbying since 2000 (see table).
|Year||Amount spent on lobbying|
Transparency and Public Records
Colorado citizens are guaranteed access to public records through the Colorado Open Records Act (CORA). Citizens can submit records requests and governments are required to respond within three business days. If the record is available electronically, it will be provided. If a hard copy is required, the citizen must pay $.25 per page..
Businesses are required to pay certain taxes for the City of Aurora some of these are: :
- 3.75% Admissions Tax -- sales tax levied upon any charge or fee imposed to gain admission to any place or event open to the public and located in the city
- 8% Lodger's Tax -- tax levied upon businesses that provide lodging.
- $2/employee/month Occupational Privilege Tax -- a tax levied upon businesses residing in the city.
- 3.75% Sales Tax
- 3.75% Use Tax -- "sales tax that wasn't paid to the vendor."
|Transparency grading process|
See also: Evaluation of Colorado city websites
- The budget for 2012 is posted online. as well as budgets for previous years.
- Meeting minutes and agendas are available on the city's website.
- Contact information for the city council and mayor are available.
- Building and Zoning codes are available online.
- Comprehensive financial summaries are available for the past seven years, until 2010.
- The city clerk is the keeper of public records. The contact information for the clerk is posted on the city's website.
- Local tax information is posted in the budget.
- The name of the city manager is listed, but the email given is a generic office email.
- No information is posted on current contracts or bids over $10,000.
- Information on government sector lobbying is not on the city's website.
- Aurora, Colorado: "City Management," accessed December 16, 2013
- Aurora, Colorado: "Mayor & Council Members," accessed December 16, 2013
- "Dems want Frazier to pay back the money." The Colorado Statesman 27 Aug 2010
- "Councils' Colorful Retirement Cushion" The Denver Post, 6 March 2011. Accessed 26 Oct 2011
- Aurora, CO 2012 proposed budget (PDF)
- Open Secrets
- Colorado Department of Personnel and Administration (DPA) Division of Information Technologies
- Aurora, CO Taxes and Licenses
- Aurora, CO -- Admissions Tax
- Aurora, CO -- Lodger's Tax
- Aurora, CO -- Occupational Privilege Tax
- Aurora, CO -- Sales Tax
- Aurora, CO -- Use Tax
- Aurora, CO Meetings, Agendas, and Minutes
- Aurora, CO -- City council
- Aurora, CO -- Building Division
- [https://www.auroragov.org/AuroraGov/Search/index.htm?ssUserText=financial+report Aurora, CO -- Search "financial report"
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- Aurora, CO -- City Manager's Office