City Governance Information

data.orcities.org | Last Updated 29 Aug 2016

This dataset outlines details of city governance compiled from 242 city charters.

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This dataset has the following 169 columns:

Column NameAPI Column NameData TypeDescriptionSample Values
Citycitytext
Home Rule Charter? Yes (y) or No (n)home_rule_charter_yes_y_or_no_ntext
Charter/Amendment Datecharter_amendment_datetext
Grant of Powers: General (g) Other (o)grant_of_powers_general_g_other_otext
Town (t) vs. City [c]town_t_vs_city_ctext
Gov. Type: Council-Mgr/Admingov_type_council_mgr_admintext
Gov. Type: Mayor- Councilgov_type_mayor_counciltext
Gov. Type: Strong Mayorgov_type_strong_mayortext
Gov. Type: Commissiongov_type_commissiontext
Gov. Type: Notesgov_type_notestext
# of Council Positionsof_council_positionstext
Council Term (years)council_term_yearstext
Other Term Info.other_term_infotext
Council Term Limits Yes (y); No (n); Unk. (u)council_term_limits_yes_y_no_n_unk_utext
Term Limit (# of terms)term_limit_of_termstext
Wards? Yes (y); No (n); Unk. (u)wards_yes_y_no_n_unk_utext
# of Wardsof_wardstext
Councilors per Wardcouncilors_per_wardtext
Other Ward Info.other_ward_infotext
Mayor Selection: Elected (e); Appt. (a)mayor_selection_elected_e_appt_atext
Mayor Term (# of years)mayor_term_of_yearstext
Mayor Term Limits: Yes (y); No (n); Unknown (u)mayor_term_limits_yes_y_no_n_unknown_utext
Mayor Term Limit (# of terms)mayor_term_limit_of_termstext
Voting Mayor: Yes (y); Unknown (u); Tie Break-Only (t)voting_mayor_yes_y_unknown_u_tie_break_only_ttext
Mayoral Veto Power: Yes (y); No (n); Unknown (u)mayoral_veto_power_yes_y_no_n_unknown_utext
Mayoral Veto Override (# of council votes)mayoral_veto_override_of_council_votestext
More Veto Process Informationmore_veto_process_informationtext
Residency Requirement: Unknownresidency_requirement_unknowntext
Residency Requirement: Managerresidency_requirement_managertext
Residency Requirement: Administratorresidency_requirement_administratortext
Residency Requirement: Recorderresidency_requirement_recordertext
Residency Requirement: Otherresidency_requirement_othertext
Bonded Employees: Unknownbonded_employees_unknowntext
Bonded Employees: Managerbonded_employees_managertext
Bonded Employees: Administratorbonded_employees_administratortext
Bonded Employees: Recorderbonded_employees_recordertext
Bonded Employees: Treasurerbonded_employees_treasurertext
Bonded Employees: Otherbonded_employees_othertext
Electeds can be paid Employees? No (n); Unknown (u)electeds_can_be_paid_employees_no_n_unknown_utext
Charter Positions: Mayorcharter_positions_mayortext
Charter Positions: Managercharter_positions_managertext
Charter Positions: Administratorcharter_positions_administratortext
Charter Positions: Recordercharter_positions_recordertext
Charter Positions: Treasurercharter_positions_treasurertext
Charter Positions: Judgecharter_positions_judgetext
Charter Positions: Attorneycharter_positions_attorneytext
Charter Positions: Othercharter_positions_othertext
Hiring & Supervision Authorityhiring_supervision_authoritytext
Fills Role in Mayor Absence: Mayor Pro Temfills_role_in_mayor_absence_mayor_pro_temtext
Fills Role in Mayor Absence: Council Presidentfills_role_in_mayor_absence_council_presidenttext
Fills Role in Mayor Absence: Chair of the Councilfills_role_in_mayor_absence_chair_of_the_counciltext
Mayor Duties: Chairman of Councilmayor_duties_chairman_of_counciltext
Mayor Duties: Presides over Meetingmayor_duties_presides_over_meetingtext
Mayor Duties: Preserve Ordermayor_duties_preserve_ordertext
Mayor Duties: Enforce Rulesmayor_duties_enforce_rulestext
Mayor Duties: Order of Businessmayor_duties_order_of_businesstext
Mayor Duties: Signs Docsmayor_duties_signs_docstext
Mayor Duties: Appoint Committeesmayor_duties_appoint_committeestext
Mayor Duties: Endorse Bondsmayor_duties_endorse_bondstext
Mayor Duties: Othermayor_duties_othertext
Other Elected Positions: Manager/Administratorother_elected_positions_manager_administratortext
Other Elected Positions: Recorderother_elected_positions_recordertext
Other Elected Positions: Treasurerother_elected_positions_treasurertext
Other Elected Positions: Judgeother_elected_positions_judgetext
Other Elected Positions: Committee Headsother_elected_positions_committee_headstext
Other Elected Positions: Otherother_elected_positions_othertext
Stipends: Mayorstipends_mayortext
Stipends: Councilorsstipends_councilorstext
Stipends: Otherstipends_othertext
Council Meetings per Month: # or Unknown (u)council_meetings_per_month_or_unknown_utext
Council Rules Required by Charter Yes (y); Unknown (u)council_rules_required_by_charter_yes_y_unknown_utext
Special Meetings: Called by Mayor (motion)special_meetings_called_by_mayor_motiontext
Special Meetings: Request of Councilors (#)special_meetings_request_of_councilorstext
Special Meetings: Notice Requirementspecial_meetings_notice_requirementtext
Special Meetings: Otherspecial_meetings_othertext
Council Meetings: Majority of Members Consitutes a Quorumcouncil_meetings_majority_of_members_consitutes_a_quorumtext
Council Meetings: Smaller group may meet and compel attendancecouncil_meetings_smaller_group_may_meet_and_compel_attendancetext
Council Meetings: Othercouncil_meetings_othertext
Voting Requirement: Concurrence of a Majority of Membersvoting_requirement_concurrence_of_a_majority_of_memberstext
Voting Requirement: …..Majority of Voting Membersvoting_requirement_majority_of_voting_memberstext
Voting Requirement: Othervoting_requirement_othertext
Reason for Vacancy: Absence from City (# of Days)reason_for_vacancy_absence_from_city_of_daystext
Reason for Vacancy: Absence from Meetings (# days or mtgs.)reason_for_vacancy_absence_from_meetings_days_or_mtgstext
Reason for Vacancy: Upon declaration by the council of the vacancyreason_for_vacancy_upon_declaration_by_the_council_of_the_vacancytext
Reason for Vacancy: Failure to Qualify (w/in # of days of start of term)reason_for_vacancy_failure_to_qualify_w_in_of_days_of_start_of_termtext
Reason for Vacancy: Deathreason_for_vacancy_deathtext
Reason for Vacancy: Adjudicated Incompetencereason_for_vacancy_adjudicated_incompetencetext
Reason for Vacancy: Conviction of Felonyreason_for_vacancy_conviction_of_felonytext
Reason for Vacancy: Other Offensesreason_for_vacancy_other_offensestext
Reason for Vacancy: Destruction of Public Recordsreason_for_vacancy_destruction_of_public_recordstext
Reason for Vacancy: Resignationreason_for_vacancy_resignationtext
Reason for Vacancy: Recallreason_for_vacancy_recalltext
Reason for Vacancy: Removal of Residencyreason_for_vacancy_removal_of_residencytext
Reason for Vacancy: Ceasing to Possess Qualifications**reason_for_vacancy_ceasing_to_possess_qualificationstext**Since we have the section before about how many days the elected official has to qualify for the position, I marked this box when there was an additional reference to "ceasing to be a qualified elector under state law" or an additional reference to "ceasing to possess the qualifications for the office"
Other Reasonother_reasontext
How Vacancy Filled: Appointment (a); Election (e); Other (o)how_vacancy_filled_appointment_a_election_e_other_otext
Vacancy Term (if more than 2 years remain) (n) - Next Election (f) - Finish Termvacancy_term_if_more_than_2_years_remain_n_next_election_f_finish_termtext
Vacancy Appointment Authority: Councilvacancy_appointment_authority_counciltext
Vacancy Appointment Authority: Mayorvacancy_appointment_authority_mayortext
Vacancy Appointment Authority: Mayor (w/council approval)vacancy_appointment_authority_mayor_w_council_approvaltext
Vacancy Appointment Authority: Othervacancy_appointment_authority_othertext
Other Vacancy Procedure Informationother_vacancy_procedure_informationtext
Election Nomination Procedure: Signed by Electors (# or % of electors)election_nomination_procedure_signed_by_electors_or_of_electorstext
Election Nomination Procedure: Filing Fee($)election_nomination_procedure_filing_feetext
Election Nomination Procedure: Prescribed by Ordinanceelection_nomination_procedure_prescribed_by_ordinancetext
Election Nomination Procedure: Otherelection_nomination_procedure_othertext
Election, Settling Tie-Votes: Drawing of Lotselection_settling_tie_votes_drawing_of_lotstext
Election, Settling Tie-Votes: Determined by Resolutionelection_settling_tie_votes_determined_by_resolutiontext
Election, Settling Tie-Votes: Otherelection_settling_tie_votes_othertext
Other Elections Procedure Informationother_elections_procedure_informationtext
Multiple City Positions: Employed and Elected - Yes (y); No (n); Unknown (u); Volunteer-Only (v)multiple_city_positions_employed_and_elected_yes_y_no_n_unknown_u_volunteer_only_vtext
Multiple City Positions: Two (2) Elected Positions - Yes (y); No (n); Unknown (u); Volunteer-Only (v)multiple_city_positions_two_2_elected_positions_yes_y_no_n_unknown_u_volunteer_only_vtext
Election Qualifications: City Residency Requirement (# of months)election_qualifications_city_residency_requirement_of_monthstext
Election Qualifications: Age Requirement (# of years)election_qualifications_age_requirement_of_yearstext
Election Qualifications: Registered to Vote (# of months)election_qualifications_registered_to_vote_of_monthstext
Election Qualifications: "Qualified Elector" def. State Const.election_qualifications_qualified_elector_def_state_consttext
Election Qualifications: Council Final Judgeelection_qualifications_council_final_judgetext
Election Qualifications: Review by Court of Competent Jurisdictionelection_qualifications_review_by_court_of_competent_jurisdictiontext
Election Qualifications: Other Qualificationselection_qualifications_other_qualificationstext
Regular Procedure - First Reading: Read in Fullregular_procedure_first_reading_read_in_fulltext
Regular Procedure - First Reading: Read Title-Onlyregular_procedure_first_reading_read_title_onlytext
Regular Procedure - First Reading: Not Specifiedregular_procedure_first_reading_not_specifiedtext
Regular Procedure - 2nd Reading: Read in Fullregular_procedure_2nd_reading_read_in_fulltext
Regular Procedure - 2nd Reading: Read Title-Onlyregular_procedure_2nd_reading_read_title_onlytext
Regular Procedure - 2nd Reading: Not Requiredregular_procedure_2nd_reading_not_requiredtext
Regular Procedure - 2nd Reading: Not Specifiedregular_procedure_2nd_reading_not_specifiedtext
Other Ordinance Procedure Informationother_ordinance_procedure_informationtext
Debt Limit? Yes (y); Unk. (u); State Law (s)debt_limit_yes_y_unk_u_state_law_stext
Floating Debt Limitfloating_debt_limittext
Bonded Debt Limitbonded_debt_limittext
Voter Approval to Exceed Debt Limit? Yes (y); Unknown (u)voter_approval_to_exceed_debt_limit_yes_y_unknown_utext
City Official Liability for Debt Limit: Yes (y); No (n); Unk. (u)city_official_liability_for_debt_limit_yes_y_no_n_unk_utext
Other Debt Limit Informationother_debt_limit_informationtext
Condemnation Mentioned in Charter: Yes (y); Unknown (u)condemnation_mentioned_in_charter_yes_y_unknown_utext
Other Condemnation Procedures/ Requirementsother_condemnation_procedures_requirementstext
Annexation Mentioned in Charter: Yes (y); Unknown (u)annexation_mentioned_in_charter_yes_y_unknown_utext
Voter Approved Annexation?: Yes (y); Unknown (u)voter_approved_annexation_yes_y_unknown_utext
Other Annexation Procedures/ Requirementsother_annexation_procedures_requirementstext
Voter Approval Required: Utility Rate Increasesvoter_approval_required_utility_rate_increasestext
Voter Approval Required: Comp. Plan Changesvoter_approval_required_comp_plan_changestext
Voter Approval Required: New Fees/Taxesvoter_approval_required_new_fees_taxestext
Voter Approval Required: Salariesvoter_approval_required_salariestext
Voter Approval Required: Entire Spending Growthvoter_approval_required_entire_spending_growthtext
Voter Approval Required: Othervoter_approval_required_othertext
Purchasing Agent Designated: Mayorpurchasing_agent_designated_mayortext
Purchasing Agent Designated: Manager/ Administratorpurchasing_agent_designated_manager_administratortext
Purchasing Agent Designated: Recorderpurchasing_agent_designated_recordertext
Purchasing Agent Designated: Otherpurchasing_agent_designated_othertext
Purchasing Agent Designated: Contracts over $____ are competitive bidpurchasing_agent_designated_contracts_over____are_competitive_bidtext
Purchasing Agent Designated: Other Contracting Procedurespurchasing_agent_designated_other_contracting_procedurestext
Charter Services: Policecharter_services_policetext
Charter Services: Firecharter_services_firetext
Charter Services: Parks & Recreationcharter_services_parks_recreationtext
Charter Services: Municipal Courtcharter_services_municipal_courttext
Charter Services: Utilitiescharter_services_utilitiestext
Charter Services: Othercharter_services_othertext
Charter Boards/ Commissions: Planning Commissioncharter_boards_commissions_planning_commissiontext
Charter Boards/ Commissions: Parks Commissioncharter_boards_commissions_parks_commissiontext
Charter Boards/ Commissions: Othercharter_boards_commissions_othertext
Other Service Informationother_service_informationtext
Other Provision 1other_provision_1text
Other Provision 2other_provision_2text
Other Provision 3other_provision_3text
Other Provision 4other_provision_4text
Other Provision 5other_provision_5text
Other Provision 6other_provision_6text
Other Provision 7other_provision_7text
Other Provision 8other_provision_8text
Other Provision 9other_provision_9text