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{{Muni scope update|Month=October 2013|Reason=Needs review and update}}'''Virginia Beach''' is an independent city located in the Commonwealth of [[Virginia]]. It is considered a county-equivalent. The city's population is 437,994,<ref>[http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/51/5182000.html ''U.S. Census Bureau'', "QuickFacts," accessed December 4, 2011]</ref> and the metropolitan area has 1.67 million people.<ref>[http://www.vbgov.com/about/Pages/default.aspx ''Virginia Beach'', "About the City," accessed December 4, 2011]</ref> Virginia Beach and Princess Anne County combined governments in 1963.<ref>[http://www.vbgov.com/about/Pages/history.aspx ''Virginia Beach'', "History," accessed December 4, 2011]</ref>
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{{cityinfobox
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|Image =Seal of Virginia Beach, Virginia.png
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|City =Virginia Beach
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|State =Virginia
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|City website = http://www.vbgov.com/Pages/home.aspx
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|Mayor =Will Sessoms
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|Mayor image = William Sessoms.jpg
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|Mayor party = Nonpartisan
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|Last mayoral election = 2012
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|Next mayoral election =2016
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|Last city council election =[[Virginia Beach, Virginia municipal elections, 2014|November 4, 2014]]
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|Next city council election =2016
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|City council seats = 11
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|City budget= $1.8 billion
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|Budget year= 2014-15
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|Population = 448,479
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|Gender = 50.9% Female
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|Race = White 68.9%<br>African American 20.0%<br>Asian 6.6%<br>American Indian and Alaska Native alone 0.5%<br>Two or More 3.9%
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|Ethnicity = Hispanic or Latino 7.5%
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|Unemployment = 4.5%
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|Median income = $65,980
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|High school = 93.1%
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|College = 32.3%
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|Other offices =[[United States congressional delegations from Virginia|Virginia Congressional Delegation]]<br> [[Virginia State Legislature]]<br>[[Virginia state executive offices]]
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}}{{tnr}}'''Virginia Beach''' is an independent city located in the Commonwealth of [[Virginia]]. It is considered a county-equivalent. As of 2013, its population was 448,479, while the Virginia Beach Metropolitan Statistical Area contains 1.67 million.<ref name="census">[http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/51/5182000.html ''U.S. Census'', "QuickFacts," accessed August 12, 2014]</ref><ref>[http://www.vbgov.com/about/Pages/default.aspx ''Virginia Beach'', "About the City," accessed December 4, 2011]</ref> Virginia Beach and Princess Anne County combined governments in 1963.<ref>[http://www.vbgov.com/about/Pages/history.aspx ''Virginia Beach'', "History," accessed December 4, 2011]</ref>
  
==Public employees==
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==City government==
===City council===
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::''See also: [[Council-manager government]]''
Virginia Beach's 11 city council members are elected for four-year terms on a staggered basis. Three council members and the mayor are elected at-large; the rest must live in the district they represent.<ref>[http://www.vbgov.com/government/departments/city-clerk/city-council/Pages/default.aspx ''Virginia Beach'', "City Council," accessed December 4, 2011]</ref>
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The city of Virginia Beach utilizes a council-manager system. In this form of municipal government, an elected city council, which includes the mayor and serves as the city's primary legislative body, appoints an executive called a city manager to oversee day-to-day municipal operations and implement the council's policy and legislative initiatives.<ref name=council/><ref name="gov">[http://www.vbgov.com/government/departments/city-manager/Form-of-Government/Pages/default.aspx ''City of Virginia Beach'', "Form of Government," accessed on October 30, 2014]</ref>
  
 
===City manager===
 
===City manager===
Virginia Beach's city manager is James K. Spore.<ref>[http://www.vbgov.com/government/departments/city-manager/Pages/default.aspx ''Virginia Beach'', "Office of the City Manager," accessed December 4, 2011]</ref>
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The city manager is the city's chief executive. The responsibilities of the city manager include overseeing the city's day-to-day operations, planning and implementing the city's operating budget and appointing departmental directors and other senior-level positions.<ref name=gov/><ref>[http://www.vbgov.com/government/departments/city-manager/pages/default.aspx ''City of Virginia Beach'', "City Manager," accessed on October 30, 2014]</ref>
  
===Retirement system===
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===Mayor===
====Pensions====
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The mayor is a member of city council. He or she presides over council meetings and official city ceremonies. The mayor also represents the city on the state, national and international levels. [[Will Sessoms]] is the current [[Mayor]] of Virginia Beach.<ref name="council">[http://www.vbgov.com/government/departments/city-clerk/city-council/Pages/city-council-members.aspx ''City of Virginia Beach'', "City Council," accessed on August 11, 2014]</ref>
Most Virginia Beach is part of the Virginia Retirement System (VRS), a multi-employer, defined-benefit pension plan. The city's accrued liabilities for the plan are $1,382,172,898, and it is 91.78% funded, with $13,770,896 in unfunded liabilities. The annual pension cost in 2010 was $46,752,410 for the city and $4,784,471 for the school board.<ref name="cafr">[http://www.vbgov.com/government/departments/finance/Financial%20Report%20Documents/comp-cafr2010.pdf ''Virginia Beach'', "2010 CAFR," accessed December 4, 2011]</ref>
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The Sheriff’s Supplemental Retirement Plan is a defined-contribution plan.<ref name="cafr"/>
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===City council===
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The Virginia Beach 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, policies and ordinances.<ref name=council/>
  
====OPEBs====
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====Membership====
The city is required to make contributions to its other post-employment retirement benefits (OPEBs) on a pay-as-you-go financing basis. In 2010, the city paid $8,854,121 for OPEBS and the school board paid $8,881,926.
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The city council consists of eleven members including the mayor. Three members and the mayor are elected at large, while the other seven council members are elected by the city's seven districts. They all serve four-year, staggered terms.<ref name=council/>
  
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A full list of city council members can be found [http://www.vbgov.com/government/departments/city-clerk/city-council/Pages/city-council-members.aspx here]
|+OPEB Funding Status<ref name="cafr"/>
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! !!City!!School Board
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====Boards and commissions====
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A series of advisory boards and commissions that are made up of non-elected citizens, whom city council members have appointed and approved, advises the Virginia Beach City Council. The roles of these boards and commissions are to review, debate and comment upon city policies and legislation and to make recommendations to the city council.<ref>[http://www.vbgov.com/government/departments/city-clerk/appointed-agencies/pages/committees.aspx ''City of Virginia Beach'', "Committees," accessed on August 26, 2014]</ref>
|Actuarial accrued liability (AAL)||$79,295,953||$75,347,493
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For a full list of Virginia Beach's commissions, boards and committees, see [http://www.vbgov.com/government/departments/city-clerk/appointed-agencies/pages/committees.aspx here]
|Actuarial value of plan assets||$9,558,773||$8,648,413
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==Elections==
|Unfunded actuarial accrued liability (UAAL)||$69,737,180||$66,699,080
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===2014===
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::''See also: [[Virginia Beach, Virginia municipal elections, 2014]]
|Funded ratio (Assets/AAL)||12.1%||11.5%
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{{Virginia Beach, Virginia 2014}}
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|Covered payroll||$285,407,357||$432,476,829
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|UAAL as a percentage of covered payroll||24.4%||15.4%
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==Budget==
 
==Budget==
The city and schools expect a combined $90 million budget shortfall for fiscal 2012-13.<ref>[http://hamptonroads.com/2011/11/va-beach-schools-face-90-million-budget-deficit ''Virginian-Pilot'', "Va. Beach, schools face $90 million budget deficit," accessed December 4, 2011]</ref>
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Virginia Beach's adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2014-15 was $1.8 billion.<ref>[http://www.vbgov.com/government/departments/budget-office-management-services/budget-archives/Documents/fy15-adopted-budget/fy2015-adopted-exec-summary.pdf ''City of Virginia Beach'', "FY 15 Adopted Operating Budget," accessed on September 19, 2014]</ref>
  
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==Contact information==
|+Budget Revenues<ref name="budg">[http://www.vbgov.com/government/departments/budget-office-management-services/budget-archives/Documents/fy12-adopted-budget/adopted-executive-summary-fy2011-12.pdf ''Virginia Beach'', "2012 Adopted Budget Executive Summary," accessed December 4, 2011]</ref>
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'''Office of the Mayor'''<br>
!Source!!2010-11 Revenues!!2011-12 Revenues
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Municipal Center<br>
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City Hall, Building #1<br>
|Real estate||$473,644,801||$460,260,000
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2401 Courthouse Drive<br>
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Virginia Beach, VA 23456<br>
|Personal property||$118,574,744||$123,689,318
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Phone: (757) 385-4581<br>
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Email: wsessoms@VBgov.com<br>
|General sales||$50,596,245||$52,958,340
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|Utility tax||$24,235,300||$24,514,911
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|VA telecomm||$22,017,919||$20,146,396
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|Business license||$40,771,644||$41,342,542
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|Cable franchise||$6,538,943||$7,012,363
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|Restaurant tax||$48,188,033||$51,752,268
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|Amusement tax||$5,700,550||$5,339,451
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|Hotel room tax||$22,659,486||$25,145,197
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|Cigarette tax||$12,721,345||$11,778,927
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|Fund balance||$51,107,990||$51,562,553
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|Utility fees||$120,448,622||$132,916,114
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|Other||$138,120,674||$127,845,228
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|Waste collection fee||-||$7,000,000
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|State revenue||$439,041,045||$435,290,683
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|Federal revenue||$128,470,021||$153,891,976
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|Prior year local public funds||-||$9,200,000
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|'''Total Revenue'''||'''$1,703,837,362'''||'''$1,742,646,267'''
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To contact individual council members, see [http://www.vbgov.com/government/departments/city-clerk/city-council/Pages/city-council-members.aspx here].  
|+2012 Budget Expenditures by Service Area<ref name="budg"/>
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!Service Area!!% of $1.74 billion total budget
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|Education||49%
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|Financial/General Gov't||8%
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|Human Services/Health/Housing||8%
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|Parks & Rec, Libraries, & Museums||4%
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|Public Works & Public Utilities||12%
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|City Capital Projects||2%
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|Public Safety||11%
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|Convention & Visitor & Econ. Dev.||3%
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|Debt Service||3%
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==Ballot measures==
|+2012 Budget Expenditures by Account<ref name="budg"/>
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===Initiative process===
!Account!!2010-11 Adjusted!!2011-12 Adopted
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Population as of 2013: 448,479.<ref name=census/> Virginia Beach is a [[charter city]].
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Virginia Beach's initiative process follows state law (see [[Laws governing local ballot measures in Virginia]] for details) for both charter amendment and ordinances.
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[https://library.municode.com/index.aspx?clientID=10122&stateID=46&statename=Virginia ''Virginia Beach Charter and Municipal Code'']
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==Lobbying==
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In 2013, Virginia Beach's federal lobbying related expenses amounted to approximately $160,000.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/clientsum.php?id=D000049221&year=2014 ''Open Secrets'' "City of Virginia Beach," accessed on August 15, 2014]</ref> The issues for which the city filed in 2013, as well as the number of reports, can be seen in the box below. The issues column lists the generic issues that lobbyists working for local governments are required by law to disclose on quarterly federal disclosure forms.<ref>[http://lobbyingdisclosure.house.gov/amended_lda_guide.html ''U.S. House of Representatives: Office of the Clerk'', "Lobbying Disclosure Act Guidance," accessed on November 11, 2014]</ref><ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/methodology.php ''Open Secrets'', "Methodology," accessed on November 11, 2014]</ref> The reports column gives the number of reports lobbyists filed in regards to each generic issue.  To learn more about the details of the specific issues for which Virginia Beach filed reports, read the federal disclosure forms by clicking the "Issues" links in the box below.
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{| class="wikitable collapsible sortable" style="background:none; text-align: center; width:350px;collapsible=Y;"
 
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|Personnel||$783,287,584||$804,166,338
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! colspan="4" style="background-color:#444; color: white;" |''Federal Lobbying Issues, 2013
 
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|Fringe Benefits||$243,751,332||$258,589,755
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! style="background-color:#666; color: white;" | Reports
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! style="background-color:#666; color: white;" | Issues
 
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|Operating Expenses||$452,451,048||$446,138,571
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|[http://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/clientissues_spec.php?id=D000049221&year=2013&spec=BUD Fed Budget & Appropriations]
 
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|Capital Outlay||$14,283,659||$13,795,390
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|4
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|[http://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/clientissues_spec.php?id=D000049221&year=2013&spec=ENG Energy & Nuclear Power]
 
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|Debt Service||$147,277,622||$148,614,496
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|4
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|[http://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/clientissues_spec.php?id=D000049221&year=2013&spec=HOM Homeland Security]
 
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|Pay-As-You-Go||$34,346,430||$40,959,979
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|4
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|[http://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/clientissues_spec.php?id=D000049221&year=2013&spec=MAR Marine, Boats & Fisheries]
|Reserves||$28,439,687||$30,381,738
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|'''Total Expenditures'''||'''$1,703,837,362'''||'''$1,742,646,267
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==Taxes==
 
The base real estate tax rate is $0.89 per $100 of assessed value.<ref>[http://www.vbgov.com/government/departments/real-estate-assessor/tax-code/Pages/Current%20Tax%20Rates.aspx ''Virginia Beach'', "Current Tax Rates," accessed December 4, 2011]</ref>
 
 
Personal property taxes for most vehicles are $3.70 per $100 of assessed value.<ref name="tax"/>
 
 
==Lobbying==
 
:''Main article: [[Virginia government sector lobbying]]
 
Virginia Beach pays for services of the lobbying firm [[Alcade & Fay]].<ref>[http://www.alcalde-fay.com/client_list/ Client List]</ref>
 
 
==Economic development==
 
In December 2011, the city council is considering spending $62 million to support the development of a hotel across from the city's convention center. $19 million of that would be in loans. Supporters say the project would create jobs and could bring in up to $88.7 million in added revenue annually.<ref>[http://hamptonroads.com/2011/12/va-beach-mayor-asks-council-postpone-hotel-vote ''Virginian-Pilot'', "Battle heats up over proposed Virginia Beach hotel," accessed December 4, 2011]</ref>
 
 
==Website evaluation==
 
==Website evaluation==
 
{{City transparency checklist |
 
{{City transparency checklist |
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===The good===
 
===The good===
 
* Elected Officials
 
* Elected Officials
** Contact information for elected officials is posted.<ref> [http://www.vbgov.com/government/departments/city-clerk/city-council/Pages/city-council-members.aspx Elected Officials] </ref>
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** Contact information for elected officials is posted.<ref> [http://www.vbgov.com/government/departments/city-clerk/city-council/Pages/city-council-members.aspx ''City of Virginia Beach'', "Elected Officials," accessed on August 11, 2014] </ref>
 
* Meetings
 
* Meetings
** Agendas and minutes for current sessions are posted.<ref> [http://www.vbgov.com/government/departments/city-clerk/city-council/Pages/default.aspx Meetings] </ref>
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** Agendas and minutes for current sessions are posted.<ref> [http://www.vbgov.com/government/departments/city-clerk/city-council/Pages/default.aspx ''City of Virginia Beach'', "Meetings," accessed on August 11, 2014] </ref>
** Agendas and minutes are archived.<ref> [http://edocs.vbgov.com/weblink/Browse.aspx Archived Meeting Info] </ref>
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** Agendas and minutes are archived.<ref> [http://edocs.vbgov.com/weblink/Browse.aspx ''City of Virginia Beach'', "Archived Meeting Info," accessed on August 11, 2014] </ref>
 
* Administration
 
* Administration
** Administrative officials are listed with contact information.<ref>[http://www.vbgov.com/government/departments/city-manager/Form-of-Government/Pages/City%20Officials.aspx City Officials]</ref>
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** Administrative officials are listed with contact information.<ref>[http://www.vbgov.com/government/departments/city-manager/Form-of-Government/Pages/City%20Officials.aspx ''City of Virginia Beach'', "City Officials," accessed on August 11, 2014]</ref>
 
* Taxes
 
* Taxes
** Local tax rates are posted.<ref name="tax">[http://www.vbgov.com/government/departments/commissioner-of-the-revenue/Tax%20Rates%20and%20Due%20Dates/Pages/default.aspx Tax Rates]</ref>
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** Local tax rates are posted.<ref name="tax">[http://www.vbgov.com/government/departments/commissioner-of-the-revenue/Tax%20Rates%20and%20Due%20Dates/Pages/default.aspx ''City of Virginia Beach'', "Tax Rates," accessed on August 11, 2014]</ref>
 
* Audits
 
* Audits
** Audits are posted.<ref>[http://www.vbgov.com/government/departments/finance/Pages/Financial-Reports.aspx Audits]</ref>
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** Audits are posted.<ref>[http://www.vbgov.com/government/departments/finance/Pages/Financial-Reports.aspx ''City of Virginia Beach'', "Audits," accessed on August 11, 2014]</ref>
 
** Audits are archived to 2006.
 
** Audits are archived to 2006.
 
* Contracts
 
* Contracts
** Bid opportunities are posted,<ref>[http://www.demandstar.com/supplier/bids/agency_inc/bid_list.asp?f=search&mi=10049 Bids]</ref>  
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** Bid opportunities are posted,<ref>[http://www.demandstar.com/supplier/bids/agency_inc/bid_list.asp?f=search&mi=10049 ''City of Virginia Beach'', "Bids," accessed on August 11, 2014]</ref>  
** Awarded bids are posted.<ref>[http://www.vbgov.com/government/departments/public-utilities/Engineering-Construction/Bids-Proposals/Pages/Bid-Tabulation-Archives.aspx Awarded Bids]</ref>
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** Awarded bids are posted.<ref>[http://www.vbgov.com/government/departments/public-utilities/Engineering-Construction/Bids-Proposals/Pages/Bid-Tabulation-Archives.aspx ''City of Virginia Beach'', "Awarded Bids," accessed on August 11, 2014]</ref>
 
* Budget
 
* Budget
** Budgets are posted.<ref>[http://www.vbgov.com/government/departments/budget-office-management-services/budget-archives/Pages/fy2012-13.aspx Budget]</ref>
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** Budgets are posted.<ref>[http://www.vbgov.com/government/departments/budget-office-management-services/budget-archives/Pages/fy2012-13.aspx ''City of Virginia Beach'', "Budget," accessed on August 11, 2014]</ref>
 
** Budgets are archived to 2006.
 
** Budgets are archived to 2006.
 
* Zoning and Permits
 
* Zoning and Permits
** Zoning information is available,<ref>[http://www.vbgov.com/government/departments/planning/zoning/Pages/default.aspx Zoning]</ref>  
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** Zoning information is available,<ref>[http://www.vbgov.com/government/departments/planning/zoning/Pages/default.aspx ''City of Virginia Beach'', "Zoning," accessed on August 11, 2014]</ref>  
** Building permits are posted.<ref>[http://www.vbgov.com/government/departments/planning/permits-inspections/Pages/default.aspx Permits]</ref>
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** Building permits are posted.<ref>[http://www.vbgov.com/government/departments/planning/permits-inspections/Pages/default.aspx ''City of Virginia Beach'', "Permits," accessed on August 11, 2014]</ref>
 
* Public Records
 
* Public Records
** The website provides a description of the [[Virginia Freedom of Information Act]] and provides a form and contact for submitting public records requests.<ref>[http://www.vbgov.com/government/departments/police/profstanddiv/pages/vafoia.aspx Public Records]</ref>
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** The website provides a description of the [[Virginia Freedom of Information Act]] and provides a form and contact for submitting public records requests.<ref>[http://www.vbgov.com/government/departments/police/profstanddiv/pages/vafoia.aspx ''City of Virginia Beach'', "Public Records," accessed on August 11, 2014]</ref>
  
 
===The bad===
 
===The bad===
* The city discusses its lobbying efforts but does not give the amount spent on [[Taxpayer-funded lobbying]].<ref>[http://www.vbgov.com/government/departments/city-manager/intergovernmental-relations/pages/default.aspx ''Virginia Beach'', "Intergovernmental Relations," accessed December 4, 2011]</ref>
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* The city discusses its lobbying efforts but does not give the amount spent on [[Taxpayer-funded lobbying]].<ref>[http://www.vbgov.com/government/departments/city-manager/intergovernmental-relations/pages/default.aspx ''Virginia Beach'', "Intergovernmental Relations," accessed on December 4, 2011]</ref>
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==See Also==
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*[[Cities in Virginia]]
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*[[Largest 100 U.S. cities by population]]
  
 
==External links==
 
==External links==
{{wikipedia entry}}
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*[http://www.vbgov.com/ Official Virginia Beach Website]
* [http://www.vbgov.com/ Official Virginia Beach Website]
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*[http://www.vbgov.com/government/departments/city-clerk/mayor/Pages/default.aspx Mayor]
* [http://www.city-data.com/city/Virginia-Beach-Virginia.html City Data - Virginia Beach]
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*[http://www.vbgov.com/government/departments/city-clerk/city-council/Pages/default.aspx City Council]
* [[Virginia Beach City Public Schools, Virginia]]
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*[http://dls.virginia.gov/lrc/charters/VABeach.pdf Virginia Beach Charter and City Code]
* [http://www.vabeach.com/ Virginia Beach Tourism]
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* [http://www.vbfun.com/visitors/default.aspx Virginia Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau]
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==References==
 
==References==
 
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
Seal of Virginia Beach, Virginia.png
General information
William Sessoms.jpg
Mayor:Will Sessoms
Mayor party:Nonpartisan
Last mayoral election:2012
Next mayoral election:2016
Last city council election:November 4, 2014
Next city council election:2016
City council seats:11
2014-15 FY Budget:$1.8 billion
City website
Composition data
Population in 2013:448,479
Gender:50.9% Female
Race:White 68.9%
African American 20.0%
Asian 6.6%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone 0.5%
Two or More 3.9%
Ethnicity:Hispanic or Latino 7.5%
Unemployment:4.5%
Median household income:$65,980
High school graduation rate:93.1%
College graduation rate:32.3%
Related Virginia Beach offices
Virginia Congressional Delegation
Virginia State Legislature
Virginia state executive offices
Virginia Beach is an independent city located in the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is considered a county-equivalent. As of 2013, its population was 448,479, while the Virginia Beach Metropolitan Statistical Area contains 1.67 million.[1][2] Virginia Beach and Princess Anne County combined governments in 1963.[3]

City government

See also: Council-manager government

The city of Virginia Beach utilizes a council-manager system. In this form of municipal government, an elected city council, which includes the mayor and serves as the city's primary legislative body, appoints an executive called a city manager to oversee day-to-day municipal operations and implement the council's policy and legislative initiatives.[4][5]

City manager

The city manager is the city's chief executive. The responsibilities of the city manager include overseeing the city's day-to-day operations, planning and implementing the city's operating budget and appointing departmental directors and other senior-level positions.[5][6]

Mayor

The mayor is a member of city council. He or she presides over council meetings and official city ceremonies. The mayor also represents the city on the state, national and international levels. Will Sessoms is the current Mayor of Virginia Beach.[4]

City council

The Virginia Beach 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, policies and ordinances.[4]

Membership

The city council consists of eleven members including the mayor. Three members and the mayor are elected at large, while the other seven council members are elected by the city's seven districts. They all serve four-year, staggered terms.[4]

A full list of city council members can be found here

Boards and commissions

A series of advisory boards and commissions that are made up of non-elected citizens, whom city council members have appointed and approved, advises the Virginia Beach City Council. The roles of these boards and commissions are to review, debate and comment upon city policies and legislation and to make recommendations to the city council.[7]

For a full list of Virginia Beach's commissions, boards and committees, see here

Elections

2014

See also: Virginia Beach, Virginia municipal elections, 2014

The city of Virginia Beach, Virginia held elections for city council on November 4, 2014. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 10, 2014.[8]

Six of Virginia Beach's eleven council seats were up for election. These included two at-large seats and the Districts of Bayside, Beach, Lynnhaven and Princess Anne.

Budget

Virginia Beach's adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2014-15 was $1.8 billion.[9]

Contact information

Office of the Mayor
Municipal Center
City Hall, Building #1
2401 Courthouse Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
Phone: (757) 385-4581
Email: wsessoms@VBgov.com

To contact individual council members, see here.

Ballot measures

Initiative process

Population as of 2013: 448,479.[1] Virginia Beach is a charter city.

Virginia Beach's initiative process follows state law (see Laws governing local ballot measures in Virginia for details) for both charter amendment and ordinances.

Virginia Beach Charter and Municipal Code

Lobbying

In 2013, Virginia Beach's federal lobbying related expenses amounted to approximately $160,000.[10] The issues for which the city filed in 2013, as well as the number of reports, can be seen in the box below. The issues column lists the generic issues that lobbyists working for local governments are required by law to disclose on quarterly federal disclosure forms.[11][12] The reports column gives the number of reports lobbyists filed in regards to each generic issue. To learn more about the details of the specific issues for which Virginia Beach filed reports, read the federal disclosure forms by clicking the "Issues" links in the box below.

Federal Lobbying Issues, 2013
Reports Issues
4 Fed Budget & Appropriations
4 Energy & Nuclear Power
4 Homeland Security
4 Marine, Boats & Fisheries

Website evaluation

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This website was reviewed Feb. 12, 2013.

The good

  • Elected Officials
    • Contact information for elected officials is posted.[13]
  • Meetings
    • Agendas and minutes for current sessions are posted.[14]
    • Agendas and minutes are archived.[15]
  • Administration
    • Administrative officials are listed with contact information.[16]
  • Taxes
    • Local tax rates are posted.[17]
  • Audits
    • Audits are posted.[18]
    • Audits are archived to 2006.
  • Contracts
    • Bid opportunities are posted,[19]
    • Awarded bids are posted.[20]
  • Budget
    • Budgets are posted.[21]
    • Budgets are archived to 2006.
  • Zoning and Permits
    • Zoning information is available,[22]
    • Building permits are posted.[23]
  • Public Records

The bad

See Also

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 U.S. Census, "QuickFacts," accessed August 12, 2014
  2. Virginia Beach, "About the City," accessed December 4, 2011
  3. Virginia Beach, "History," accessed December 4, 2011
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 City of Virginia Beach, "City Council," accessed on August 11, 2014
  5. 5.0 5.1 City of Virginia Beach, "Form of Government," accessed on October 30, 2014
  6. City of Virginia Beach, "City Manager," accessed on October 30, 2014
  7. City of Virginia Beach, "Committees," accessed on August 26, 2014
  8. Virginia State Board of Elections, "November 4, 2014 Elections Candidacy Requirements For Local Offices," accessed May 15, 2014
  9. City of Virginia Beach, "FY 15 Adopted Operating Budget," accessed on September 19, 2014
  10. Open Secrets "City of Virginia Beach," accessed on August 15, 2014
  11. U.S. House of Representatives: Office of the Clerk, "Lobbying Disclosure Act Guidance," accessed on November 11, 2014
  12. Open Secrets, "Methodology," accessed on November 11, 2014
  13. City of Virginia Beach, "Elected Officials," accessed on August 11, 2014
  14. City of Virginia Beach, "Meetings," accessed on August 11, 2014
  15. City of Virginia Beach, "Archived Meeting Info," accessed on August 11, 2014
  16. City of Virginia Beach, "City Officials," accessed on August 11, 2014
  17. City of Virginia Beach, "Tax Rates," accessed on August 11, 2014
  18. City of Virginia Beach, "Audits," accessed on August 11, 2014
  19. City of Virginia Beach, "Bids," accessed on August 11, 2014
  20. City of Virginia Beach, "Awarded Bids," accessed on August 11, 2014
  21. City of Virginia Beach, "Budget," accessed on August 11, 2014
  22. City of Virginia Beach, "Zoning," accessed on August 11, 2014
  23. City of Virginia Beach, "Permits," accessed on August 11, 2014
  24. City of Virginia Beach, "Public Records," accessed on August 11, 2014
  25. Virginia Beach, "Intergovernmental Relations," accessed on December 4, 2011