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Revision as of 11:13, 8 February 2014


Columbus is the capital and largest city in Ohio. It is one of 22 cities in the state. The 2010 census reported the population at 787,033, making it the fifteenth largest city in the U.S. Named for Christopher Columbus, the city was founded in 1812.

In 2011, the city had five corporations named to the U.S. Fortune 500 list. In 2009, BusinessWeek named Columbus as the best place in the county to raise a family. In 2008, Forbes ranked the city as the number one up-and-coming tech city in the nation.[1]

Elected officials and salaries

Name Title Salary[2]
Michael Coleman Mayor $158,302
Hugh Dorrian Auditor $146,404
Richard Pfeiffer City Attorney $146, 404
Lori Tyack Clerk of Courts $58,191
Michelle Mills City Council Member Unavailable
Andrew Ginther City Council Member $38,848
Hearcel Craig City Council Member $38,848
Zachary Klein City Council Member Unavailable
A. Troy Miller City Council Member Unavailable
Eileen Paley City Council Member Unavailable
Pricilla Tyson City Council Member $38,848

Administrative officials

Name Title
Richard Isbell ADA Coordinator
Tracie Davies Director of Department of Building and Zoning Services
Barry Pickett President of Recreation & Parks Department
Aaron Riley Community Relations Commission
Boyce Safford III Director of Development
Melinda Carter Director Equal Business Opportunity Commission Office
Paul Rakosky Director of Finance and Management
Ned Pettus, Jr. Fire Chief
Walter Distelzweig Chief of Police
Teresa Long, M.D. Director of Public Health
Mitchell Brown Director of Department of Public Safety
Mark Kelsey Director of Department of Public Service
Gary Calvin Director and CIO of Department of Technology
Richard Isbell Veteran Affairs Coordinator

Budget

  • The total operating budget for the city of Columbus is $684.6 million.[3]
  • Columbus maintains highest possible “AAA, stable” bond rating according to Moody’s Investor Service, Standard & Poors, and Fitch ratings.[4]
  • In 2009, the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to the City of Columbus, Ohio for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ending in December 31, 2009. It was the thirty-first consecutive year that the City received the award.[5]

The city finished building the Main St. Bridge in 2010, which cost $60.1 million to build.[6]

Bridge funding:[6]

  • Ohio Department of Transportation: $19.9 million
  • Federal funding: $8.6 million
  • $5.2 from the Ohio Public Works Commission
  • $7.4 million from the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission
  • Columbus taxpayers paid $15 million to the State Infrastructure Bank and purchased $8.3 million in city bonds.

Stimulus

Columbus, Ohio received $3,339,725,530.03 in federal stimulus money over the court of 309 awards.[7]

Lobbying and advocacy

All legislative agents (both active and non-active) are listed in the Legislative Agent Database. The search function allows searches based on company name, agent name, city, and zip code.[8]

Local taxes

The income tax in Columbus makes up 70 percent of the revenue supporting the general fund operating budget ($486.5 million). The income tax rate is 2.5 percent. Property taxes make up 7.4 percent of revenue ($50.8 million).[9] Income tax collections projected for 2011 is $486.5 million, assuming a 2 percent growth in income tax receipts in 2011 or an additional $9.5 million.

Columbus in the news

  • In April 2011, Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora pled not guilty to allegation of racketeering, bribery, and other charges; the trial is delayed three months. More than three dozen public officials already pled guilty in the investigation.[10]

Website evaluation

See also: Evaluation of Ohio city websites
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Transparency grading process

This website was most recently evaluated on March 20, 2013.

The good

  • Meetings
    • A meeting calendar is available and names the times and locations of public meetings.
    • Meeting videos are available.[11]
  • Council agendas are published.[12] Additionally, meetings are available for viewing online.[13]
  • Elected officials
    • Elected officials are listed with a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.[14]
  • Administrative officials
    • Department heads are listed for each department.
    • Contact information for administrative officials is provided including a mailing address, phone number, and personalized email.[15]
  • Audits
    • The most recent audit is posted.
    • Audits dating back to 2001 are available.[16]
  • Budget
    • The most current budget is listed.
    • Budgets are archived for 2 years.[17]
  • Permits and zoning
    • Zoning ordinances are posted online.
    • Permit applications can be downloaded on the site, along with information on how to apply for the permits.[18]
  • Contracts
    • Bids and RFPs are posted online.
    • Approved contract statements are provided for vendors.[19]
  • Public records
    • The public information officer is identified and maintained by the City Attorney position. This person provides a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.
    • A public records form is provided.
    • A fee schedule for documents is provided..[20]
  • Lobbying information is published.[21]
  • MyColumbus app is available through Apple iTunes store.
  • Taxes
    • Tax revenues are broken down by federal, state, and local funding in the budget.
    • Local taxes, like property taxes, are available online.
    • Residents are able to pay taxes online. [22]

The bad

  • Meetings
    • Meeting minutes are not archived for at least 3 years.
    • Meeting agendas are not archived for at least 3 years.
  • Budget
    • Budgets are not archived for at least 3 years.
  • Lobbying
    • If the county engaged in lobbying actives or if it's a member of government lobbying associations are not disclosed. Nor is the total cost lobbying activities or membership dues for associations available.

External links

References