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|Image =Seal of Phoenix.svg.png
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|City =Phoenix
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|State =Arizona
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|City website = http://www1.nyc.gov/
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|Mayor =Greg Stanton
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|Mayor image =Greg Stanton.jpg
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|Mayor party =Democratic
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|Last mayoral election =2013  
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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 = 8
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|City budget= $3,503,000,000
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|Budget year= 2013-2014
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|Population = 1,489,000
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|Gender = 49.8% Female
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|Race = White 65.9%<br>White Not-Hispanic 46.5%<br>African American 6.5%<br>Asian 3.2%<br>Native American 2.2%<br>Pacific Islander 0.2%<br>Two or More 3.6%
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|Ethnicity = Hispanic 40.8%
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|Unemployment = 8.3%
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|Median income = $47,866
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|High school = 80.1%
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|College = 25.9%
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|Other offices =[[United States congressional delegations from Arizona|Arizona Congressional Delegation]] • [[Arizona State Legislature]] • [[Arizona state executive offices]]
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}}{{tnr}}'''Phoenix''' is a [[Cities in Arizona|city]] in [[Arizona]] and is the seat of [[Maricopa County, Arizona|Maricopa County]]. It is the anchor of the Phoenix Metropolitan Area (also know as the ''Valley of the Sun''). Based on 2012 statistical data, Phoenix is the sixth-largest city in the United States.<ref>[http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/04/0455000.html ''United States Census Bureau'', "American Fact Finder," accessed April 24, 2014]</ref>
  
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is the largest [[Arizona cities (Sunshine Review)|city]] in [[Arizona]] and the 6th most populated city in the United States.  It is the [[county seat]] of [[Maricopa County, Arizona|Maricopa County]] and the capital of Arizona.
  
'''Phoenix''' is the largest [[Arizona cities (Sunshine Review)|city]] in [[Arizona]] and the 6th most populated city in the United States. It is the [[county seat]] of [[Maricopa County, Arizona|Maricopa County]] and the capital of Arizona.
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==Office of the Mayor==
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Greg Stanton is the current Mayor of New York. Stanton served on the Phoenix City Council for nine years and as Arizona Deputy Attorney General.<ref>[http://phoenix.gov/mayor/mayorprofile/index.html ''City of Phoenix'', "Mayor Profile," accessed April 30, 2014]</ref>
  
Phoenix is home to 1,445,632 people according to the official 2010 U.S. Census Bureau data,<ref>[http://www.philly.com/philly/news/breaking/117761248.html 2010 Census]</ref> and is the anchor of the Phoenix metropolitan area (also known as the ''Valley of the Sun''), the 14th largest metro area by population in the United States with more than 4.1 million people. Phoenix is the largest capital city in the United States and the only state capital with over 1,000,000 people.
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==City Council==
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Phoenix's legislative body is the City Council, made up of 8 members from 8 council districts and the Mayor. The mayor and council members have equal voting power to make laws and set the policies that govern the city. The City Council meets every Wednesday at 3:00 PM.<ref name="About">[http://phoenix.gov/mayorcouncil/about/index.html ''City of Phoenix'', "About the City Council," accessed April 25, 2014]</ref>
  
==Elected officials==
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A full list of City Council members can be found [http://phoenix.gov/mayorcouncil/about/index.html here].
The city council appoints the city manager who is responsible for the city’s day-to-day management and operations. The city manager works closely with the mayor and city council to provide city services and pass ordinances that are important to residents. With the assistance of a management team, the city manager oversees Phoenix’s 40  departments and major city functions.<ref>[http://phoenix.gov/citygovernment/cityworks/index.html 'How Your City Works']</ref>
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===Mayor and city council===
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There are six council committees: Downtown, Aviation & Redevelopment, Finance, Efficiency, Economy, & Sustainability, Neighborhoods, Housing & Development, Parks, Arts, Transparency & Education, Public Safety & Veterans and Transportation & Infrastructure.<ref>[http://phoenix.gov/mayorcouncil/subcomm/index.html ''City of Phoenix'', "Council Subcommittees," accessed April 30, 2014]</ref>
The Phoenix City Council is made up of a mayor and eight City Council members, elected by the people on a nonpartisan ballot for four-year terms. As elected officials, they represent and must answer to the people. The mayor is elected at large, which means residents in all parts of the city may cast votes for mayor. Council members are elected by voters in each of the eight separate districts that they represent. The mayor and council members have equal voting power to make laws and set the policies that govern the city.<ref>[http://phoenix.gov/mayorcouncil/about/index.html About the City COuncil]</ref>
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==Budget==
 
==Budget==
2011-12 Budget Compared to 2010-11 Adopted Budget (In Millions of Dollars)<ref>[http://phoenix.gov/BUDGET/bud10_7.pdf 2010-11 Budget Summary]</ref>
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The city's 2013-2014 totals $3.503 billion and restoring key services such as police, fire, parks, libraries, street maintenance, bike lanes and after-school programs.
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!2009-10 <br> Actual <br> Expenditures
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!2010-11 <br> Adopted <br> Budget
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!Amount <br> Change
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| Operating and Maintenance <br> Expenditures || $2,184.2|| $2,410.9|| $2,453.9|| $43.0 || 1.8%
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| Capital Expenditures || 199.5|| 526.0|| 486.3|| (39.7)|| (7.5)%
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| Debt Service || 605.7|| 589.1|| 534.2|| (54.9)|| (9.3)%
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| '''Total''' || $2,989.4|| $3,526.0|| $3,474.4|| ($51.6)|| (1.5)%
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==Stimulus funds==
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The city's budget process operates by Fiscal Years running from July 1 to June 30 of the next year. The budget process begins with a Trial Budget created by the Mayor and presented to the City Council. The Trial Budget is then presented at public hearings and workshops for feedback. A revised budget is then presented to the City Council for a vote. Phoenix's city budget is required to be balanced.<ref>[http://phoenix.gov/budget/ ''City of Phoenix'', "Budget & Research Department]]</ref>
The Phoenix Mayor, City Council and city staff continue to work aggressively to secure funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to create local jobs, save existing jobs and stimulate our economy into recovery. To date, Phoenix has been awarded a total of $429,090,485. A breakdown of all Phoenix projects receiving the ARRA funds is provided within the five categories below.<ref>[http://phoenix.gov/citygovernment/recovery/index.html Stimulus]</ref>
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==Contact information==
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'''Office of the City Clerk'''<br>
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200 W. Washington St<br>
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Phoenix, AZ  85003<br>
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Phone: 602-262-6811<br>
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Email: [http://phoenix.gov/cityclerk/contactclerk/index.html Contact Form]<br>
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Office Hours: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday - Friday<br>
  
==Public pensions==
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'''Office of the Mayor'''<br>
With approximately 80 percent support, Phoenix voters overwhelmingly supported a pension reform measure
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200 W. Washington St., 11th floor<br>
expected to save the city nearly $600 million over the next 25 years. The savings come from increasing both the age of retirement for new city employees and the amount new employees contribute into the pension system.<ref> [http://www.kjzz.org/content/1303/phoenix-pension-reform-sails-through/ KJZZ, Phoenix pension reform sails through, March 12, 2013] </ref>
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Phoenix, AZ 85003<br>
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Phone: 602-262-7111<br>
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Email: [http://phoenix.gov/mayor/emmayor/ Contact Form]<br>
  
==Public employee salaries==
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==Lobbying==
A former police officer, Jack Harris, who retired in 2007, and received a lump sum payout for his pension that totaled $562,000. He then began to collect an annual pension of $90,000, and was re-hired by the city as the "public safety manager" earning $193,000 a year.<ref name=rtc>[http://redtape.msnbc.com/2010/10/20-government-workers-with-super-sized-pay.html ''MSNBC's Red Tape Chronicles'', 20 government workers with super-sized pay, Oct. 5, 2010]</ref> This is a violation of Arizona's law which forbids rehiring public workers, and Harris' position is being challenged by Judicial Watch in court. 
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The City of Phoenix paid for $302,000 in federal lobbying in 2013. The city filed for four issues relating to [https://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/clientissues_spec.php?id=D000032616&year=2013&spec=BUD Federal Budget & Appropriations], three relating to [https://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/clientissues_spec.php?id=D000032616&year=2013&spec=HOM Homeland Security], two relating to [https://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/clientissues_spec.php?id=D000032616&year=2013&spec=HOU Housing] one each relating to [https://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/clientissues_spec.php?id=D000032616&year=2013&spec=LAW Law Enforcement & Crime], [https://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/clientissues_spec.php?id=D000032616&year=2013&spec=NAT Natural Resources], [https://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/clientissues_spec.php?id=D000032616&year=2013&spec=TRA Transportation], [https://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/clientissues_spec.php?id=D000032616&year=2013&spec=AVI Aviation, Airlines & Airports], [https://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/clientissues_spec.php?id=D000032616&year=2013&spec=VET Veteran's Affairs] and [https://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/clientissues_spec.php?id=D000032616&year=2013&spec=MMM Medicare & Medicaid].<ref>[https://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/clientissues.php?id=D000032616&year=2013 ''Open Secrets'', "City of Phoenix, AZ," accessed April 30, 2014]</ref>
  
Over 180 police officers in Phoenix are earning over $100,000 annually.<ref name=rtc/>
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The City of Phoenix's Clerk's Office maintains a website on lobbying information [http://phoenix.gov/cityclerk/services/lobbyists/ here].
  
Controversy over $28.9 million in performance pay raises and longevity awards Phoenix plans to include in its 2011-12 spending plan ignited debate over whether the city has been open and transparent about the issue. Mayoral candidates and one councilman question city officials about why they didn't mention the planned $11.6 million in merit raises and $17.3 million in longevity bonuses proposed for the coming fiscal year during one of the 15 public budget hearings held in April.<ref>[http://www.azcentral.com/community/phoenix/articles/2011/05/29/20110529phoenix-pay-raise-disclosure.html#ixzz1jZwiTC7l ''Phoenix pay-raise transparency debated'', AZCentral.com, May 29, 2011]</ref>
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==Ballot measures==
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::''See also: [[Maricopa County, Arizona ballot measures]]''
  
==Lobbying==
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The city of Phoenix is in [[Maricopa County, Arizona|Maricopa County]]. A list of ballot measures in Maricopa County is available [[Maricopa County, Arizona ballot measures|here]].
::''See also: [[Arizona government sector lobbying]]''
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Phoenix spent $492,000 in [[lobbying]] 2010<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/clientsum.php?lname=City+of+Phoenix%2C+AZ&year=2010 Open Secrets, 2010]</ref> and $300,000 in 2011.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/clientsum.php?id=D000032616&year=2011 Open Secrets, 2011]</ref>
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===Taxpayer-funded lobbying associations===
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==Public pensions==
Phoenix is a member of the [[Arizona League of Cities and Towns]], a [[government sector lobbying association]]. It submitted the following resolutions for adoption in the Arizona League:
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With approximately 80 percent support, Phoenix voters overwhelmingly supported a pension reform measure
 
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expected to save the city nearly $600 million over the next 25 years. The savings come from increasing both the age of retirement for new city employees and the amount new employees contribute into the pension system.<ref> [http://www.kjzz.org/content/1303/phoenix-pension-reform-sails-through/ KJZZ, Phoenix pension reform sails through, March 12, 2013] </ref>
*[[Arizona League of Cities and Towns lobbying priorities#Local involvement in liquor licensing|Local involvement in liquor licensing]]
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*Increased penalties for [[Arizona League of Cities and Towns lobbying priorities#Graffiti|graffiti]]
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* [[Arizona League of Cities and Towns lobbying priorities#City and county wastewater emergencies|City and county wastewater]] provisions to allow local governments to respond to emergencies
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==Taxes==
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The Phoenix website has a page dedicated to [http://phoenix.gov/PLT/pltidx.html tax information], including rates and ways to pay.<ref>[http://phoenix.gov/PLT/pltidx.html Taxes]</ref>
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==Website evaluation==
 
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==External links==
 
==External links==
{{wikipedia entry|Phoenix, Arizona}}
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{{submit a link}}
* [http://phoenix.gov/ Official site of the City of Phoenix]
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* [http://phoenix.gov/ Official city website]
* [http://www.city-data.com/city/Phoenix-Arizona.html City of Phoenix detailed profile]
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* [http://phoenix.gov/mayor/ Office of the Mayor]
* [http://www.archaeolink.com/arizona_capital_phoenix_city_pro.htm City of Phoenix links]
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* [http://phoenix.gov/mayorcouncil/ Phoenix City Council]
* [http://phoenix.about.com/ Phoenix information]
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* [http://phoenix.gov/budget/ City of Phoenix Budget & Research Department]
* [http://www.phoenixchamber.com/ Phoenix Chamber of Commerce]
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Revision as of 18:29, 30 April 2014

Phoenix, Arizona
Seal of Phoenix.svg.png
General information
City website:http://www1.nyc.gov/
Greg Stanton.jpg
Mayor:Greg Stanton
Mayor party:Democratic
Last mayoral election:2013
Next mayoral election:2015
Last city council election:2013
Next city council election:2015
City council seats:8
2013-2014 FY Budget:$3,503,000,000
Composition data
Population:1,489,000
Gender:49.8% Female
Race:White 65.9%
White Not-Hispanic 46.5%
African American 6.5%
Asian 3.2%
Native American 2.2%
Pacific Islander 0.2%
Two or More 3.6%
Ethnicity:Hispanic 40.8%
Unemployment:8.3%
Median household income:$47,866
High school graduation rate:80.1%
College graduation rate:25.9%
Related Phoenix offices
Arizona Congressional DelegationArizona State LegislatureArizona state executive offices
Phoenix is a city in Arizona and is the seat of Maricopa County. It is the anchor of the Phoenix Metropolitan Area (also know as the Valley of the Sun). Based on 2012 statistical data, Phoenix is the sixth-largest city in the United States.[1]

is the largest city in Arizona and the 6th most populated city in the United States. It is the county seat of Maricopa County and the capital of Arizona.

Office of the Mayor

Greg Stanton is the current Mayor of New York. Stanton served on the Phoenix City Council for nine years and as Arizona Deputy Attorney General.[2]

City Council

Phoenix's legislative body is the City Council, made up of 8 members from 8 council districts and the Mayor. The mayor and council members have equal voting power to make laws and set the policies that govern the city. The City Council meets every Wednesday at 3:00 PM.[3]

A full list of City Council members can be found here.

There are six council committees: Downtown, Aviation & Redevelopment, Finance, Efficiency, Economy, & Sustainability, Neighborhoods, Housing & Development, Parks, Arts, Transparency & Education, Public Safety & Veterans and Transportation & Infrastructure.[4]

Budget

The city's 2013-2014 totals $3.503 billion and restoring key services such as police, fire, parks, libraries, street maintenance, bike lanes and after-school programs.

The city's budget process operates by Fiscal Years running from July 1 to June 30 of the next year. The budget process begins with a Trial Budget created by the Mayor and presented to the City Council. The Trial Budget is then presented at public hearings and workshops for feedback. A revised budget is then presented to the City Council for a vote. Phoenix's city budget is required to be balanced.[5]

Contact information

Office of the City Clerk
200 W. Washington St
Phoenix, AZ 85003
Phone: 602-262-6811
Email: Contact Form
Office Hours: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday - Friday

Office of the Mayor
200 W. Washington St., 11th floor
Phoenix, AZ 85003
Phone: 602-262-7111
Email: Contact Form

Lobbying

The City of Phoenix paid for $302,000 in federal lobbying in 2013. The city filed for four issues relating to Federal Budget & Appropriations, three relating to Homeland Security, two relating to Housing one each relating to Law Enforcement & Crime, Natural Resources, Transportation, Aviation, Airlines & Airports, Veteran's Affairs and Medicare & Medicaid.[6]

The City of Phoenix's Clerk's Office maintains a website on lobbying information here.

Ballot measures

See also: Maricopa County, Arizona ballot measures

The city of Phoenix is in Maricopa County. A list of ballot measures in Maricopa County is available here.

Public pensions

With approximately 80 percent support, Phoenix voters overwhelmingly supported a pension reform measure expected to save the city nearly $600 million over the next 25 years. The savings come from increasing both the age of retirement for new city employees and the amount new employees contribute into the pension system.[7]

Website evaluation

See also: Evaluation of Arizona city websites
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Transparency grading process

In 2011 Phoenix earned a Sunny Awards for having a perfect website transparency score.

The good

  • Budget
    • Budget reports for the current cycle are available.[8]
    • Budgets are archive to 2005.[9]
  • Meetings
    • Agendas and minutes are available.[10]
  • Elected officials
    • The Mayor and city council members contact information are posted online.[11]
  • Zoning and building
    • Building permit forms information[12] and zoning information is available on the website.[13]
  • Audits
    • Audit reports are available.[14]
    • Audits are archived to 2007.
  • Contracts
    • Information on bids and proposals are available[15]
  • Public records
    • There is information on how citizens can request public records.[16]
  • Taxes
    • Information on local taxes are available.[17]
    • Temporary food tax information is posted.[18]
  • Lobbying
    • * Lobbying information for individuals and organizations is available[19]

The bad

  • Lobbying
    • Information on taxpayer funded lobbying is not posted.
  • Checkbook register
    • There is no checkbook register available

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