Colorado Springs, Colorado
Colorado Springs, CO is governed under a mayor-council form of government. This means that the mayor serves as the city's chief executive and the city council acts as the legislative branch. The Mayor is not technically a member of the city council, but he or she can participate in meetings.
The council approves and sets policies, budgets, and passes ordinances to govern the city. In Colorado Springs, the city council consists of nine members who are elected for four-year terms. Five of these are elected by the city at large, and four are representatives of four equally-populated districts. Council members elect a president to conduct meetings and a president pro-tempore to fill the president's duties if s/he cannot perform them. 
Elections are held on the first Tuesday in April on odd-numbered years.
The mayor of Colorado Springs represents the city on state and national levels. He is authorized to sign all legal documents on behalf of the city. The mayor also appoints department directors with the exception of the city auditor and executive director of Colorado Springs utilities.
- City Council members are provided an annual stipend of $6250. 
Information on the mayor's salary or any administrative officials salaries are unavailable or difficult to locate. See also: Colorado salaries
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Public records & Transparency
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. .
See also: Evaluation of Colorado city websites
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- Budget information for 2012 and previous years are available. 
- Meeting minutes  and agendas  are available online.
- Contact information for the city council  and the mayor  are listed.
- Zoning guidelines  and information on how to obtain a building permit  are available.
- Audit reports are available from 2006 
- A list of city contracts is posted .
- A tax guideline is provided online. 
- Though department information is listed, direct contact information is not available for city administrative officials.
- Though the city does partake in intergovernmental lobbying, a code of ethics or rules for such are not posted.
- There is no name or direct contact information listed for the city clerk, who holds public records.
- Mayor-Council form of government
- City of Colorado Springs -- Colorado Open Records Act
- Colorado Springs, CO -- Budget
- Colorado Springs, CO -- City Council Meetings,
- Colorado Springs, CO -- City Council Agendas
- Colorado Springs, CO -- City Council
- Colorado Springs, CO -- Mayor
- Colorado Springs, CO -- Zoning information
- Colorado Springs, CO -- FAQ
- Colorado Springs, CO -- Audit reports
- Colorado Springs, CO -- Contracts
- Colorado Springs, CO -- Tax guideline