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|Mayor =Greg Stanton
|Mayor =Greg Stanton
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Phoenix, Arizona
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General information
City website:http://phoenix.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
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%
Median household income:$47,866
High school graduation rate:80.1%
College graduation rate:25.9%
Related Phoenix offices
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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]


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


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
Budget Y
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Meetings Y
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Elected Officials Y
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Administrative Officials Y
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Permits, zoning Y
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Audits Y
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Contracts Y
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Lobbying P
Public Records Y
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Local Taxes Y
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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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