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|Image =Seal of Columbus, Ohio.svg
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|City =Columbus
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|State =Ohio
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|City website =http://columbus.gov/
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|Mayor =Michael B. Coleman
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|Mayor image = Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman - Sept 2013.JPG
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|Mayor party = Nonpartisan
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|Last mayoral election =2011
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|Next mayoral election =2015
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|Last city council election =2013
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|Next city council election =2015
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|City council seats = 7
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|City budget= $733,800,000
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|Budget year= 2013
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|Population = 822,553
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|Gender = 51.2% Female
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|Race = White 61.5%<br>Hispanic or Latino 5.6%<br>African American 28.0%<br>Asian 4.1%<br>Two or More 3.3%
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|Ethnicity =
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|Unemployment = 4.3%
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|Median income = $43,992
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|High school = 88.2%
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|College = 32.9%
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|Other offices =[[United States congressional delegations from Ohio|OhioCongressional Delegation]]<br>[[Ohio State Legislature]]<br>[[Ohio state executive offices]]
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}}{{tnr}}'''Columbus''' is the seat of [[Franklin County, Ohio]], and is the state capital. As of 2013, its population was 822,553.<ref>[http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/39/3918000.html U.S. Census "State and County Quick Facts," accessed on August 19, 2014]</ref>
  
{{tnr}}'''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.
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==Office of the Mayor==
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[[Michael B. Coleman]] is the current mayor of Columbus.<ref>[http://columbus.gov/Templates/Detail.aspx?id=66058 City of Columbus, "Office of the Mayor," accessed on August 18, 2014]</ref>
  
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.<ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbus,_Ohio Columbus facts]</ref>
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==City Council==
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The Columbus City Council is the city's primary legislative body. It is responsible for approving and adopting the city budget, levying taxes and making or amending city laws and policies. The city council also shapes land use in Columbus through its zoning authorities.<ref>[http://columbus.gov/council/How-Do-I/How-We-Are-Governed/ City of Columbus, "How we are governed," accessed on August 19, 2014]</ref>
  
==Elected officials and salaries==
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===Membership===
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The city council consists of seven, at-large members. The council elects its own president and president pro tempore. All members serve four-year, staggered terms.<ref>[http://columbus.gov/council/members/ City of Columbus "City Council: Members," accessed on August 18, 2014]</ref>
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| Michael Coleman || Mayor || $158,302
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| Hugh Dorrian || Auditor || $146,404
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| Richard Pfeiffer || City Attorney || $146, 404
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| Lori Tyack || Clerk of Courts || $58,191
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| Michelle Mills || City Council Member || Unavailable
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| Andrew Ginther || City Council Member || $38,848
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| Hearcel Craig || City Council Member || $38,848
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| Zachary Klein || City Council Member || Unavailable
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| A. Troy Miller || City Council Member || Unavailable
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| Eileen Paley || City Council Member || Unavailable
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| Pricilla Tyson || City Council Member || $38,848
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==Administrative officials==
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A full list of city council members can be found [http://columbus.gov/council/members/ here]
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| Richard Isbell || ADA Coordinator
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| Tracie Davies || Director of Department of Building and Zoning Services
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| Barry Pickett || President of Recreation & Parks Department
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| Aaron Riley || Community Relations Commission
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| Boyce Safford III || Director of Development
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| Melinda Carter || Director Equal Business Opportunity Commission Office
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| Paul Rakosky || Director of Finance and Management
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| Ned Pettus, Jr. || Fire Chief
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| Walter Distelzweig || Chief of Police
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| Teresa Long, M.D. || Director of Public Health
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| Mitchell Brown || Director of Department of Public Safety
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| Mark Kelsey || Director of Department of Public Service
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| Gary Calvin || Director and CIO of Department of Technology
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| Richard Isbell || Veteran Affairs Coordinator
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|}
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==Budget==
 
==Budget==
*The total operating budget for the city of Columbus is $684.6 million.<ref>[http://finance.columbus.gov/uploadedFiles/Finance_and_Management/Financial_Management_Group/Budget_Management/2011_Budget/04 Financial Overview - Narrative.pdf Operating budget]</ref>
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Columbus' operating budget for fiscal year 2013 was $733,800,000.<ref>[http://columbus.gov/uploadedFiles/Columbus/Departments/Finance_and_Management/Financial_Management_Group/Budget_Management/FY13%20Budget.pdf ''City of Columbus 2013 Budget'', accessed on August 19, 2014]</ref>
*Columbus maintains highest possible “AAA, stable” bond rating according to Moody’s Investor Service, Standard & Poors, and Fitch ratings.<ref>[http://auditor.ci.columbus.oh.us/content.aspx?id=990 AAA bond rating]</ref>
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*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.<ref>[http://auditor.ci.columbus.oh.us/content.aspx?id=7066 GFOA 2009 Award]</ref>
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The city finished building the Main St. Bridge in 2010, which cost $60.1 million to build.<ref name=bridge>[http://ohio.watchdog.org/337/pricey-main-street-bridge-opens-today/ ''Ohio Watchdog'', Pricey Main Street Bridge Opening Today, July 30, 2010]</ref>
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==Contact Information==
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'''Mayor's Office'''<br>
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City Hall 2nd Floor<br>
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90 West Broad Street<br>
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Columbus, OH 43215<br>
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Phone: (614) 645-7671<br>
  
Bridge funding:<ref name=bridge/>
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'''City Council'''<br>
* Ohio Department of Transportation: $19.9 million
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90 West Broad St.<br>
* Federal funding: $8.6 million
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Columbus, OH 43215<br>
* $5.2 from the Ohio Public Works Commission
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Phone: (614) 645-7380<br>
* $7.4 million from the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission
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* Columbus taxpayers paid $15 million to the State Infrastructure Bank and purchased $8.3 million in city bonds.
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===Stimulus===
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==Lobbying==
Columbus, Ohio received $3,339,725,530.03 in federal stimulus money over the court of 309 awards.<ref>[http://stimuluswatch.org/2.0/performance_places/city/OH/43212/columbus Stimulus funding]</ref>
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All lobbyists in the city of Columbus (both active and inactive) are listed in the the city's [http://columbus.gov/council/information/Legislative-Agent-Registration/ Legislative Agent Database].
  
==Lobbying and advocacy==
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==Ballot measures==
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.<ref>[http://gis.columbus.gov/lra/Anonymous.aspx Lobbying and Advocacy]</ref>
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::''See also: [[Franklin County, Ohio ballot measures]]''
  
==Local taxes==
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The city of Columbus is in [[Franklin County, Ohio |Franklin County]]. A list of ballot measures in Franklin County is available [[Franklin County, Ohio ballot measures|here]].
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).<ref>[http://finance.columbus.gov/uploadedFiles/Finance_and_Management/Financial_Management_Group/Budget_Management/2011_Budget/04 Financial Overview - Narrative.pdf Taxes]</ref> 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.  
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==Columbus in the news==
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===Initiative process===
*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.<ref>[http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2011/04/25/delay-sought-in-ohio-public-corruption-trial.html Delay sought in Ohio public corruption trial]</ref>
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::''See also: [[Laws governing local ballot measures in Ohio]]''
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{{ColumbusI&R}}
  
 
==Website evaluation==
 
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* Meetings
 
* Meetings
 
** A meeting calendar is available and names the times and locations of public meetings.
 
** A meeting calendar is available and names the times and locations of public meetings.
** Meeting videos are available.<ref>[http://council.columbus.gov/events.aspx Council calendar]</ref>
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** Meeting videos are available.<ref>[http://council.columbus.gov/events.aspx City of Columbus, "Council calendar," accessed on August 19, 2014]</ref>
*Council agendas are published.<ref>[http://council.columbus.gov/events.aspx Agendas]</ref> Additionally, meetings are available for viewing online.<ref>[http://council.columbus.gov/content.aspx?id=8272 Online meetings]</ref>
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*Council agendas are published.<ref>[http://council.columbus.gov/events.aspx City of Columbus, "Agendas," accessed on August 19, 2014]</ref> Additionally, meetings are available for viewing online.<ref>[http://council.columbus.gov/content.aspx?id=8272 City of Columbus, "Online meetings," accessed on August 19, 2014]</ref>
 
* Elected officials
 
* Elected officials
** Elected officials are listed with a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.<ref>[http://cityofcolumbus.org/services.aspx?tid=60400&menu_id=400 Elected officials]</ref>
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** Elected officials are listed with a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.<ref>[http://cityofcolumbus.org/services.aspx?tid=60400&menu_id=400 City of Columbus, "Elected officials," accessed on August 19, 2014]</ref>
 
* Administrative officials
 
* Administrative officials
 
** Department heads are listed for each department.
 
** Department heads are listed for each department.
** Contact information for administrative officials is provided including a mailing address, phone number, and personalized email.<ref>[http://columbus.gov/Committees/ Administrative Officials]</ref>
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** Contact information for administrative officials is provided including a mailing address, phone number, and personalized email.<ref>[http://columbus.gov/Committees/ City of Columbus, "Administrative Officials," accessed on August 19, 2014]</ref>
 
* Audits
 
* Audits
 
** The most recent audit is posted.
 
** The most recent audit is posted.
** Audits dating back to 2001 are available.<ref>[http://auditor.ci.columbus.oh.us/content.aspx?id=7066 CAFR Audit]</ref>
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** Audits dating back to 2001 are available.<ref>[http://auditor.ci.columbus.oh.us/content.aspx?id=7066 City of Columbus, "CAFR Audit," accessed on August 19, 2014]</ref>
 
* Budget
 
* Budget
 
** The most current budget is listed.
 
** The most current budget is listed.
** Budgets are archived for 2 years.<ref>[http://finance.columbus.gov/content.aspx?id=530 Budget]</ref>
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** Budgets are archived for 2 years.<ref>[http://finance.columbus.gov/content.aspx?id=530 City of Columbus, "Budget," accessed on August 19, 2014]</ref>
 
* Permits and zoning
 
* Permits and zoning
 
** Zoning ordinances are posted online.
 
** Zoning ordinances are posted online.
** Permit applications can be downloaded on the site, along with information on how to apply for the permits.<ref>[http://gis.columbus.gov/oss/ Zoning]</ref>
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** Permit applications can be downloaded on the site, along with information on how to apply for the permits.<ref>[http://gis.columbus.gov/oss/ City of Columbus, "Zoning," accessed on August 19, 2014]</ref>
 
* Contracts
 
* Contracts
 
** Bids and RFPs are posted online.
 
** Bids and RFPs are posted online.
** Approved contract statements are provided for vendors.<ref>[http://vendorservices.columbus.gov/e-proc/venSolicitationsAll.asp?link=Open+Solicitations Contracts and bids]</ref>
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** Approved contract statements are provided for vendors.<ref>[http://vendorservices.columbus.gov/e-proc/venSolicitationsAll.asp?link=Open+Solicitations City of Columbus, "Contracts and bids," accessed on August 19, 2014]</ref>
 
* Public records
 
* 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.
 
** 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 public records form is provided.
** A fee schedule for documents is provided..<ref>[http://www.columbuscityattorney.org/prosecution-publicrecordsrequest.aspx Public records]</ref>
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** A fee schedule for documents is provided..<ref>[http://www.columbuscityattorney.org/prosecution-publicrecordsrequest.aspx City of Columbus, "Public records," accessed on August 19, 2014]</ref>
*Lobbying information is published.<ref>[http://gis.columbus.gov/lra/Anonymous.aspx Lobbyists]</ref>
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*Lobbying information is published.<ref>[http://gis.columbus.gov/lra/Anonymous.aspx City of Columbus, "Lobbyists," accessed on August 19, 2014]</ref>
 
*MyColumbus app is available through Apple iTunes store.
 
*MyColumbus app is available through Apple iTunes store.
 
* Taxes
 
* Taxes
 
** Tax revenues are broken down by federal, state, and local funding in the budget.
 
** Tax revenues are broken down by federal, state, and local funding in the budget.
 
** Local taxes, like property taxes, are available online.
 
** Local taxes, like property taxes, are available online.
** Residents are able to pay taxes online.<ref> [http://incometax.columbus.gov/ Taxes] </ref>
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** Residents are able to pay taxes online.<ref> [http://incometax.columbus.gov/ City of Columbus, "Taxes," accessed on August 19, 2014] </ref>
  
 
===The bad===
 
===The bad===
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* Lobbying
 
* Lobbying
 
** If the county engaged in lobbying actives or if it's a member of [[Ohio taxpayer-funded lobbying|government lobbying associations]] are not disclosed. Nor is the total cost lobbying activities or membership dues for associations available.
 
** If the county engaged in lobbying actives or if it's a member of [[Ohio taxpayer-funded lobbying|government lobbying associations]] are not disclosed. Nor is the total cost lobbying activities or membership dues for associations available.
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==See also==
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*[[Cities in Ohio]]
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*[[Franklin County, Ohio]]
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*[[Largest 100 U.S. cities by population]]
  
 
==External links==
 
==External links==
 
{{wikipedia entry}}
 
{{wikipedia entry}}
* [http://www.cityofcolumbus.org/ City of Columbus official site]
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*[http://www.cityofcolumbus.org/ City of Columbus official site]
* [http://www.city-data.com/city/Columbus-Ohio.html Columbus Detailed Profile]
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*[http://columbus.gov/Templates/Detail.aspx?id=66058 Office of the Mayor]
* [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/genInfo.php?locIndex=16549 City of Columbus Community Profile]
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*[http://columbus.gov/council/ City Council]
* [http://www.archaeolink.com/ohio_capital_city_columbus.htm City of Columbus links]
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*[https://library.municode.com/index.aspx?clientId=16219&stateId=35&stateName=Ohio Columbus Municipal Code]
* [http://www.columbus.org/ Columbus Chamber of Commerce]
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* [http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/39/3918000.html Columbus Ohio Census Facts]
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==References==
 
==References==

Revision as of 11:44, 19 August 2014

Columbus, Ohio
Seal of Columbus, Ohio.svg
General information
Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman - Sept 2013.JPG
Mayor:Michael B. Coleman
Mayor party:Nonpartisan
Last mayoral election:2011
Next mayoral election:2015
Last city council election:2013
Next city council election:2015
City council seats:7
2013 FY Budget:$733,800,000
City website
Composition data
Population in 2013:822,553
Gender:51.2% Female
Race:White 61.5%
Hispanic or Latino 5.6%
African American 28.0%
Asian 4.1%
Two or More 3.3%
Unemployment:4.3%
Median household income:$43,992
High school graduation rate:88.2%
College graduation rate:32.9%
Related Columbus offices
OhioCongressional Delegation
Ohio State Legislature
Ohio state executive offices
Columbus is the seat of Franklin County, Ohio, and is the state capital. As of 2013, its population was 822,553.[1]

Office of the Mayor

Michael B. Coleman is the current mayor of Columbus.[2]

City Council

The Columbus City Council is the city's primary legislative body. It is responsible for approving and adopting the city budget, levying taxes and making or amending city laws and policies. The city council also shapes land use in Columbus through its zoning authorities.[3]

Membership

The city council consists of seven, at-large members. The council elects its own president and president pro tempore. All members serve four-year, staggered terms.[4]

A full list of city council members can be found here

Budget

Columbus' operating budget for fiscal year 2013 was $733,800,000.[5]

Contact Information

Mayor's Office
City Hall 2nd Floor
90 West Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: (614) 645-7671

City Council
90 West Broad St.
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: (614) 645-7380

Lobbying

All lobbyists in the city of Columbus (both active and inactive) are listed in the the city's Legislative Agent Database.

Ballot measures

See also: Franklin County, Ohio ballot measures

The city of Columbus is in Franklin County. A list of ballot measures in Franklin County is available here.

Initiative process

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Ohio

Population as of the July 2011 census update: 797,434[6]

Charter city

Follows the state mandated initiative process for charter amendment, but has its own process for ordinances. There were no subject restrictions found. Signatures are required from 5% of the total vote cast at the last preceding general municipal election (Columbus Charter, Sec. 41) There were no circulator requirements found in the charter or code. The required content for the petition can be found in the Columbus Charter Sec. 41, 42. Among the requirements, a petition must have the names of 5 electors who are registered as the official filers. There is no pre-circulation approval process in the charter or code. The process for approval of the finished petition is indirect. The council may pass the measure, otherwise they shall submit it at the next ensuing election to be held not less than 60 nor more than 120 days thereafter. They may call special election within the same period. (Columbus Charter, Sec. 44)[7]

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.[8]
  • Council agendas are published.[9] Additionally, meetings are available for viewing online.[10]
  • Elected officials
    • Elected officials are listed with a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.[11]
  • 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.[12]
  • Audits
    • The most recent audit is posted.
    • Audits dating back to 2001 are available.[13]
  • Budget
    • The most current budget is listed.
    • Budgets are archived for 2 years.[14]
  • 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.[15]
  • Contracts
    • Bids and RFPs are posted online.
    • Approved contract statements are provided for vendors.[16]
  • 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..[17]
  • Lobbying information is published.[18]
  • 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.[19]

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.

See also

External links

References