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|Mayor =Greg Stanton
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|Mayor party =Democratic
|Mayor party =Nonpartisan
|Last mayoral election =2013  
|Last mayoral election =2013  
|Next mayoral election =2015
|Next mayoral election =2015

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Phoenix, Arizona
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General information
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Mayor:Greg Stanton
Mayor party:Nonpartisan
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
City website
Composition data
Population in 2013:1,489,000
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%
Median household income:$47,866
High school graduation rate:80.1%
College graduation rate:25.9%
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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 Phoenix. 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 and 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.

Initiative process

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Arizona

Population as of the July 2011 census update: 1,469,471.[7] Phoenix is a charter city.

The signature requirement percentages for valid petitions, as established by state law, are based on the number of voters in the last mayoral election. For petitions to be valid, they must contain valid signatures equal to 15 percent of the votes cast in the last city mayoral election. Petitions must be filed within two years from the date on which the official number is assigned and signatures obtained more than 6 months prior to the date of filing shall be invalid and certified so by the clerk (Phoenix Charter, Chap. XV). After the City Clerk has certified that the petition for ordinance initiative is valid and sufficient, the Council must either:

  • Pass the initiative unaltered within 20 days of petition certification. For initiatives seeking to amend the city charter, the council cannot pass the initiative themselves but must submit it to the city voters.
  • Within 25 days, either call a special election less than 120 days after the Council's decision on the initiative or resolve to place the ordinance on the next regular City election if that election is less than 6 months after the Council's decision on the petition. Petitions to amend the Charter cannot simply be adopted by the Council, but must be submitted to a decision of the electors. (See above for state prescribed initiative process)

Phoenix City Charter

Public pensions

See also: Arizona public pensions


With approximately 80 percent support, Phoenix voters overwhelmingly supported two pension reform measures 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.[8]

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.[9]
    • Budgets are archive to 2005.[10]
  • Meetings
    • Agendas and minutes are available.[11]
  • Elected officials
    • The Mayor and city council members contact information are posted online.[12]
  • Zoning and building
    • Building permit forms information[13] and zoning information is available on the website.[14]
  • Audits
    • Audit reports are available.[15]
    • Audits are archived to 2007.
  • Contracts
    • Information on bids and proposals are available[16]
  • Public records
    • There is information on how citizens can request public records.[17]
  • Taxes
    • Information on local taxes are available.[18]
    • Temporary food tax information is posted.[19]
  • Lobbying
    • * Lobbying information for individuals and organizations is available[20]

The bad

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

See also

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