Consolidated City of Indianapolis and Marion County
Flag of Indianapolis.svg
Formation1832; 190 years ago (1832)[1]
Indianapolis City Charter1832, 1838, 1847, 1853, 1891, 1970[2]
Websitewww.indy.gov
Legislative branch
LegislatureIndianapolis City-County Council
Meeting placeCity-County Building
Executive branch
MayorMayor of Indianapolis
AppointerElection
HeadquartersCity-County Building

The Government of Indianapolis—officially the Consolidated City of Indianapolis and Marion County—is a strong-mayor form of mayor-council government system.[2] Local government is headquartered downtown at the City-County Building.[3]

Since 1970, Indianapolis and Marion County have operated as a consolidated city-county government called Unigov.[4] The executive branch is headed by the mayor who serves as the chief executive and administrative officer for both the city and county.[5] The Indianapolis City-County Council is a unicameral legislative body consisting of 25 members, each elected from a geographic district.[6] The mayor and council members are elected to unlimited four-year terms.[5][6] The judicial branch consists of the Marion Circuit and Superior Courts. The municipal budget for 2022 was $1.3 billion.[7] The city-county government employs about 8,000 full-time employees.[8]

Marion County contains nine civil townships that function independently from the city-county government under Indiana Code. Each township consists of an elected township trustee, three-member board, assessor, and a constable and small claims court judge, all of whom serve four-year terms.[9]

History

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Citizens Energy Group is responsible for city water, wastewater, and stormwater systems. These were previously operated by the City's Department of Waterworks through a contract with Veolia. However, the transfer of the water and wastewater systems to Citizens Energy Group was approved by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission on July 13, 2011. The transfer of the systems to Citizens Energy Group was completed on August 26, 2011. Citizens is a public charitable trust that is operated for the benefit of its customers; it was acquired by the city of Indianapolis in 1933.[10]

Executive branch

City administration

Despite the nature of a unified city-county government, several bureaucratic functions remain separate. For example, Marion County's nine civil townships retained autonomy under Unigov. This resulted in maintaining separate public services, such as independent school districts or fire departments, that would have otherwise been consolidated into single entities.[4]

Office of the Mayor

See also: List of mayors of Indianapolis

Mayor Joe Hogsett
Mayor Joe Hogsett

The Mayor of Indianapolis is the chief executive and administrative officer of both the city and county.[5] The mayor's chief duties include ensuring city-county ordinances are executed and enforced in accordance with applicable state and local law; appointing department heads and one or more deputy mayors, subject to City-County Council approval; and supervising the work of the city-county's departments, special taxing districts, and special service districts.[citation needed] The mayor is directly elected by popular vote for four-year, unlimited terms.[5]

Departments

Offices

County administration

Heads of county offices are elected by the citizens of both Indianapolis and Marion County.

Offices

Boards and agencies

Municipal corporations

The city-county contains seven independent municipal corporations established by Indiana Code.[11]

Legislative branch

Main article: Indianapolis City-County Council

Beurt R. Servaas Public Assembly Room in the City-County Building
Beurt R. Servaas Public Assembly Room in the City-County Building

The legislative branch of the city government is the Indianapolis City-County Council, which is composed of 25 members elected to four-year terms. Each member represents geographic districts that are drawn every 10th year in the year following the census (i.e. The 2010 Census led to the 2011 drawing of districts). The council previously consisted of the 25 district councilors and four at-large council seats; however, in 2013, the Indiana General Assembly adopted a new local government act that eliminated the four at-large seats. The council has the exclusive power to adopt budgets, levy taxes, and make appropriations. It can also enact, repeal, or amend ordinances, and make appointments to certain boards and commissions.

Judicial branch

Township government

Main article: Indiana township trustee

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State government

Main article: Government of Indiana

Indiana Statehouse in downtown Indianapolis
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Federal government

See also: Indiana's 5th congressional district and Indiana's 7th congressional district

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References

  1. ^ City of Indianapolis, Indiana Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (PDF) (Report). Consolidated City of Indianapolis-Marion County Office of Finance and Management. July 21, 2021. p. 24. Retrieved March 26, 2022. The City of Indianapolis (City) was originally incorporated in 1832.
  2. ^ a b Vogel, Gregory M. (2021) [1994]. "City Charters". Digital Encyclopedia of Indianapolis. Indianapolis Public Library. Retrieved March 25, 2022.
  3. ^ Zeigler, Connie (2021) [1994]. "City-County Buildings". Digital Encyclopedia of Indianapolis. Indianapolis Public Library. Retrieved March 26, 2022.
  4. ^ a b c Blomquist, William A.; Vanderstel, David G. (2021) [1994]. "Creation of Unigov". Digital Encyclopedia of Indianapolis. Indianapolis Public Library. Retrieved March 26, 2022.
  5. ^ a b c d Whitham, John; White, Elizabeth L. (2021) [1994]. "Office of the Mayor". Digital Encyclopedia of Indianapolis. Indianapolis Public Library. Retrieved March 26, 2022.
  6. ^ a b Blomquist, William A.; White, Elizabeth L. (2021) [1994]. "City-County Council". Digital Encyclopedia of Indianapolis. Indianapolis Public Library. Retrieved March 26, 2022.
  7. ^ Pak-Harvey, Amelia (October 19, 2021). "Indianapolis passes $1.3 billion budget for 2022 with eye on public safety funding". The Indianapolis Star. Gannett Co. Retrieved March 26, 2022.
  8. ^ "Largest Indiana Employers". Indianapolis Business Journal. IBJ Media. June 25, 2021. Retrieved March 26, 2022.
  9. ^ Hale, Michelle D. (2021) [1994]. "Townships". Digital Encyclopedia of Indianapolis. Indianapolis Public Library. Retrieved January 21, 2022.
  10. ^ "Citizens Gas & Coke Utility Records, 1873-1994" (PDF). Indiana Historical Society. July 25, 1996. Retrieved October 14, 2018.
  11. ^ "Unigov Handbook: A Book of Factual Information about Indianapolis, Indiana" (PDF). League of Women Voters of Indianapolis. 2021. p. 9. Retrieved March 26, 2022.
  12. ^ Neufer, Laurry; White, Elizabeth L. (2021) [1994]. "Capital Improvement Board". Digital Encyclopedia of Indianapolis. Indianapolis Public Library. Retrieved March 26, 2022.
  13. ^ Hale, Michelle D.; Van Allen, Elizabeth J. (2021) [1994]. "Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County". Digital Encyclopedia of Indianapolis. Indianapolis Public Library. Retrieved March 26, 2022.
  14. ^ Hale, Michelle D. (2021) [1994]. "Indianapolis Airport Authority". Digital Encyclopedia of Indianapolis. Indianapolis Public Library. Retrieved March 26, 2022.
  15. ^ Neufer, Laurry (2021) [1994]. "Indianapolis–Marion County Building Authority". Digital Encyclopedia of Indianapolis. Indianapolis Public Library. Retrieved March 26, 2022.
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