The City of Tucson

The Tucson Charter Change Coalition (TC3)

Government Comparison Information


Tucson action team report: cities researched

City Population Percentage Hispanic Fastest Growing City Ranking Form of Government Overall Budget
Albuquerque, New Mexico 521,999 44% 25th Strong Mayor $906 Million
Austin, Texas 757,688 35% 42nd Council-Manager $2.75 Billion
Colorado Springs, Colorado 380,307 14.6% 69th Council-Manager $388 Million
El Paso, Texas 613,190 80.1% 30th Council-Manager $689 Million
Las Vegas, Nevada 558,383 30% 11th Council-Manager $1.74 Billion
Long Beach, California 463,789 40.2% 51st Council-Manager $2.1 Billion
Mesa, Arizona 463,550 26.5% 14th Council-Manager $1.13 Billion
Phoenix, Arizona 1,567,924 42.1% 4th Council-Manager $3.67 Billion
Tucson, Arizona 757,688 39.5% 28th Council-Manager $1.3 Billion

Council and Aides

City Number of Members How Elected Staggered Terms? Size of Staff Council Budget Salary Office Location
Albuquerque, New Mexico 9 By District Yes Separate Office [1] $3.8 Million for Entire Council $10,608; $21,216 for Council President City Hall
Austin, Texas 6 At Large Yes 3 per Member $214,587 per Member $57,736 City Hall
Colorado Springs, Colorado 9 4 at Large, 4 by District, 1 Appointed by Council Yes 2 Aides for Entire Council $100,804 for Entire Council $6,250 City Hall
El Paso, Texas 8 By District Yes 2 per Member $127,983 per Member $29,000 City Hall
Las Vegas, Nevada 6 By Ward Yes 2-3 per Member $3.64 Million for Entire Council $46,681 City Hall
Long Beach, California 9 By District Yes 3-4 per Member $407,000-457,000 per Member $30,056 City Hall and Satellite Offices
Mesa, Arizona 6 By District Yes 3 Aides for entire Council (1 per every 2 Members) $474,244 for Council and Mayor $16,800 City Hall
Phoenix, Arizona 8 By District Yes 3-4 per Member $4.3 Million $61,600 City Hall
Tucson, Arizona [2] 6 City Wide in General Election Yes 4-7 per Member $399,060 per Member $24,000 Ward Offices

[1] Albuquerque has a separate office named "Council Services" that provides legislative support to all council members.

[2] Tucson is the only city on the list that holds partisan elections.


Mayor's Office

City Salary How Chosen Role of Mayor Size of Staff Mayor's Budget Power to Veto?
Albuquerque, New Mexico [1] $104,043 Voted in Chief Executive 7 $967,000 Yes
Austin, Texas $67,981 Voted in President of Council, Ceremonial Head of City 5 $404,430 No
Colorado Springs, Colorado $6,250 Voted in Council Member, Official Head of City 1 $11,200 No
El Paso, Texas $45,000 Voted in President of Council, Ceremonial Head of City 4 $317,944 No
Las Vegas, Nevada $61,330 Voted in President of Council, Ceremonial Head of City 3   No
Long Beach, California $120,223 Voted in Chief Legislative Officer 7 $852,019 Yes
Mesa, Arizona $33,600 Voted in President of Council, Ceremonial Head of City 3 $474,244 for Mayor and Council No
Phoenix, Arizona $88,000 Voted in President of Council, Ceremonial Head of City 17 $191,912 No
Tucson, Arizona $42,000 Voted in Council Member, Ceremonial Head of City 5 $578,710 No

[1] Albuquerque is a strong mayor form of government and the Mayor is the Chief Administrative Officer as well.


City Manager

City Salary Ability to Hire and Fire Department Heads Role of Manager How Role is Determined
Albuquerque, New Mexico Albuquerque is a Strong Mayor form of government and does not have a City Manager.
Austin, Texas $242,000 Yes Chief Administrative Officer [1] City Charter
Colorado Springs, Colorado $210,000 Yes Chief Administrative Officer [1] City Charter
El Paso, Texas $227,580 Yes Chief Administrative Officer [1], Legislative Support City Charter
Las Vegas, Nevada $131,000 to $201,000 Yes Chief Administrative Officer [1], Economic Support City Charter
Long Beach, California $218,750 Yes Chief Administrative Officer [1], Legislative Support City Charter
Mesa, Arizona $196,892 Yes Chief Administrative Officer [1] City Charter
Phoenix, Arizona $236,998 Yes Chief Administrative Officer [1] City Charter
Tucson, Arizona [2] $211,820 Hire but not Fire Chief Administrative Officer [1] City Charter

[1] Chief Administrative Officer describes administering the day to day affairs of the city, coordinating administrative departments, implementing council ordinances, and development of the annual city budget.

[2] Tucson is the only city on the list that does not grant the Manager the right to fire city employees at his/her discretion.