St. Petersburg, Florida

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Located in Pinellas County, Saint Petersburg is the fourth-largest city in Florida. As of the 2010 U.S. Census, its population was 244,769.[1]

Nicknamed "The Sunshine City" or "St. Pete," St. Petersburg was founded in 1888 by Peter Demens, a Russian immigrant; the city was formally incorporated in 1892. [2] [3]

Lobbying

Main articles: Florida government sector lobbying and Florida League of Cities.

St. Petersburg pays membership dues[4] to the Florida League of Cities, a government sector lobbying association.

St. Petersburg's Internal Services Manager, Dave Metz, is recommending that the full-time position of city lobbyist be removed as part of ongoing efforts to close the $12 million budget deficit. The shortage of funds has already limited current city lobbyist Todd Yost's ability to travel to the state capital of Tallahassee. Metz suggests that the city instead contract with a private firm, which Metz estimates would cost between $25,000 and $30,000.[5]

Elected Officials

St. Petersburg's government follows the strong mayor model, which utilizes both a mayor and a city council. The mayor is the executive who carries out the council's ordinances and runs daily operations whereas the council is the legislative body that shapes budgets and policies.[6]

The current mayor is Bill Foster, a Republican, who was elected in November 2009.[7] Foster's annual salary is $158,355 as of Aug. 2010[8]. City Council members earn approximately $50,000 per year.[9]

Current members of City Council, as of June 2011:[10]

Member Title District
Herbert E. Polson Member District 1
Jim Kennedy Chair District 2
Bill Dudley Member District 3
Leslie Curran Member District 4
Steve Kornell Member District 5
Karl Nurse Vice Chair District 6
Wengay Newton Member District 7
Jeff Danner Member District 8

Website evaluation

See also: Evaluation of Florida city websites

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Transparency grading process

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The good

  • Budget
    • The most current budget is listed.
    • Budgets are archived for 8 years.[11]
  • Administrative Officials
    • Department heads are listed for each department.[12]
    • Contact information for administrative officials is provided including a mailing address, phone number, and personalized email.
  • Elected Officials
    • Elected officials are listed with a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.[13]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting minutes are archived for 8 years.[14]
    • Meeting agendas are archived for 8 years.[15]
    • A meeting calendar is available and names the times and locations of public meetings.[16]
    • Meeting videos are available.
  • Audits
    • The most recent audit is posted.
    • Audits dating back to 2005 are available.[17]
  • Contracts
    • Bids and RFPs are posted online.[18]
    • Approved contract statements are provided for vendors.[19][20]
  • 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.[21]

The bad

  • Lobbying
  • Public Records
  • Taxes
    • Tax information is not available.

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