City of Pampa
"We are committed to provide quality services, facilities, and a clean city while working hard, having fun, maintaining a positive attitude and always doing what is right for the betterment of our City."
Profile of the City
The City of Pampa's charter was approved by the voters in 1927. Located in the Panhandle of Texas in Gray County, the City of Pampa currently occupies a land area of 9 square miles and serves a population of approximately 18,000. The City of Pampa is empowered to levy a property tax on both real and personal properties located within its boundaries. It also is empowered by state statute to extend its corporate limits by annexation, which occurs periodically when deemed appropriate by the governing body.
The City of Pampa operates under the council-manager form of government. Policy-making and legislative authority are vested in a governing body consisting of the Mayor and four Commissioners. The governing body is responsible, among other things, for passing ordinances, adopting the budget, appointing committees and hiring both the government's manager and attorney. The City Manager is responsible for carrying out the policies and ordinances of the governing body, for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the government, and for appointing the heads of the various departments. The Commission is elected on a non-partisan basis. Commission members serve four-year staggered terms, with two Commissioners elected every four years. The Mayor is also elected to serve a four-year term. The Mayor and the Commission members are elected at large.
The City of Pampa provides a full range of services, including police and fire protection; the construction and maintenance of streets and other infrastructure; and recreational activities and cultural events.
The annual budget serves as the foundation for the City of Pampa's financial planning and control. All departments of the City of Pampa are required to submit requests for appropriation to the City Manager. The City Manager uses these requests as the starting point for developing a proposed budget. The City Manager then presents this proposed budget to the Commission for review. The Commission is required to hold public hearings on the proposed budget and to adopt a final budget by no later than September 30, the close of the City of Pampa's fiscal year. The appropriated budget is prepared by fund and department. Department heads may make transfers of appropriations within a department. Transfers of appropriations between funds, however, require the special approval of the governing body.
The City of Pampa has a diverse industrial base. The industries in the area include oil and gas production, various petroleum-based industries, cattle, and grain production. There are specialized chemical and carbon black plants as well as a carbon black research and development facility. The Pampa Economic Development Corporation owns and operates an industrial facility outside the city limits providing plant operation facilities, rail services, and warehousing space. There is also a state prison located one and one-half miles east of th City.
The City of Pampa operates under it's Mission Statement and a set of core values known as the Absolutes.
- Do What's Right
- Laugh at Work
- Attitude is Everything
- Family First
- Take care of good employees and get rid of bad ones
- Prayer is ok, it's even encouraged
- Sometimes we make mistakes. Admit it, fix it fast and move on
- Every job is your job. There is no such thing as "that's not my job"
- No Gossip
- Follow the Golden Rule
Adopted on February 26, 2016
By Pampa City Commission